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Wednesday, 21 September


House Passes Sept. 11 Legislation as Obama Veto Threat Looms "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Congress sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, putting lawmakers on a collision course with the White House. The House passed the legislation Friday by voice vote, about four months after the measure cleared the Senate despite vehement objections from Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. The legislation gives victims' families the right to sue in U.S. court for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the 2001 attacks that killed thousands. The White House has signaled Obama would veto the legislation. The Obama administration has warned that if U.S. citizens can take the Saudis to court, then a foreign country could in turn sue the United States. Votes from two-thirds of the members in the House and Senate would be needed to override a veto. The House vote came two months after Congress released 28 declassified pages from a congressional report into 9/11 that reignited speculation over links at least a few of the attackers had to Saudis, including government officials. In a separate development, a bipartisan group of senators are seeking to block the Obama administration's proposed sale of more than $1 billion worth of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., cited Saudi Arabia's poor human rights record and the kingdom's role in Yemen's civil war.

Note: Saudi Arabia's influential charm offensive and its $750 billion threat have not stopped this legislation from moving forward. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing 9/11 news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our 9/11 Information Center.

Bob Graham: Release More 9/11 Records "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

In July, after approval from the Obama administration, Congress released a 28-page chapter of previously classified material from the final report of a joint congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks. Questions about whether the Saudi government assisted the terrorists remain unanswered. The recently released 28 pages were written in the fall of 2002 by a committee of which I was a co-chairman. The pages suggested new trails of inquiry worth following, including why a Qaeda operative had the unlisted phone number for the company that managed the Colorado estate of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the Saudi ambassador. Some of those questions might be answered if the government released more of the findings of the Sept. 11 commission, the citizens inquiry that followed our congressional inquest. Parallel investigations were also conducted by the F.B.I. and C.I.A. How much did they look into whether Prince Bandar or other Saudis aided the hijackers? The government also knows more today ... than when the 28 pages were classified in 2003. Much of that information remains secret but should be made public. For example, the F.B.I. for a time claimed that it had found no ties between three of the hijackers ... and a prominent Saudi family that lived in Sarasota, Fla., before Sept. 11. But in 2013, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by investigative reporters led to the release of about 30 pages from an F.B.I.-led investigation that included an agent’s report asserting “many connections” between the hijackers and this family.

Note: The above was written by former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who worked for years to expose Saudi Arabia's role in Sept. 11. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing 9/11 news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our 9/11 Information Center.

Record new U.S. military aid deal for Israel to be signed in days: sources "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The United States and Israel have reached final agreement on a record new package of at least $38 billion in U.S. military aid and the 10-year pact is expected to be signed this week. The deal will represent the biggest pledge of U.S. military assistance made to any country but also involves major concessions granted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to officials on both sides. Those include Israel’s agreement not to seek additional funds from Congress beyond what will be guaranteed annually in the new package, and also to phase out a special arrangement that has allowed Israel to spend part of its U.S. aid on its own defense industry instead of on American-made weapons, the officials said. Nearly 10 months of drawn-out aid negotiations have underscored continuing friction between U.S. President Barack Obama and Netanyahu over last year's U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran, Israel's arch-foe. The United States and Israel have also been at odds over the Palestinians. But the right-wing Israeli leader decided it would be best to forge a new arrangement with Obama. A deal now allows him to avoid uncertainties surrounding the next president ... and to give Israel’s defense establishment the ability to plan ahead. The new package for the first time will incorporate money for Israeli missile defense, which until now has been funded ad hoc by Congress. U.S. lawmakers have in recent years given Israel up to $600 million in annual discretionary funds for this purpose.

Note: If you divide this package of $38 billion by Israel's population of 8.5 million, you will discover that US taxes are providing the equivalent of nearly $5,000 to each citizen of Israel over the next 10 years. That is one huge perk! And note that no major media have pointed out this fact or even reported on this latest package except Reuters. A recent lawsuit claims that this aid package violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Why is this not being widely reported and discussed? government corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.

Barbara Lee’s Lone Vote on Sept. 14, 2001, Was as Prescient as It Was Brave and Heroic "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Immediately after the 9/11 attack, while bodies were still buried in the rubble, George W. Bush demanded from Congress the legal authorization to use military force against those responsible for the attack. The resulting resolution that was immediately cooked up was both vague and broad. Despite this broadness, or because of it, the House of Representatives on September 14 approved the resolution by a vote of 420-1. The lone dissenting vote was Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California, who ... not only voted “no” but stood up on the House floor to deliver [an] eloquent, unflinching and, as it turns out, extremely prescient explanation for her opposition. She [pointed] out that the resolution “was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events - anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation’s long-term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit.” She added: “A rush to launch precipitous military counterattacks runs too great a risk that more innocent men, women, children will be killed.” For her lone stance, Lee was deluged with rancid insults and death threats. She was vilified as “anti-American”. Since then, she has been repeatedly rejected in her bids to join the House Democratic leadership, typically losing to candidates close to Wall Street and in support of militarism. But beyond the obvious bravery needed to take the stand she took, she has been completely vindicated on the merits. It’s impossible to overstate how correct Lee was.

Note: For more on Rep. Lee's efforts to stop giving the US president dictatorial power over waging war, see this Los Angeles Times article. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing 9/11 news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our 9/11 Information Center.

Fifteen Years After 9/11, Neverending War "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

In the days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when Congress voted to authorize military force against the people who “planned, authorized, committed, or aided” the hijackings, few Americans could have imagined the resulting manhunt would span from West Africa all the way to the Philippines. Today ... it looks like the war on terror is still in its opening act. The Islamic State, which was largely created by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, controls vast swaths of territory in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. The death toll in the countries the U.S. attacked remains untallied, but conservative estimates range from the hundreds of thousands to well over a million. The financial cost of the war on terror is incalculable. After 15 years, the only winners in the war on terror have been the contractors. At home, the war on terror has become a constitutional nightmare. The U.S. has adopted a practice of indefinitely detaining terror suspects. Police departments across the country secretly import military-grade spy equipment. Courts have ruled that families cannot sue to get their children off government kill lists. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. has become the largest surveillance state in history. Bombing multiple countries in the Middle East has become business as usual, and often goes unreported. As ... media engagement with the wars diminishes, and it is all too easy to forget about our permanent state of war. But the victims of U.S. violence are unlikely to forget, creating a potentially endless supply of new enemies.

Note: Read a well-researched essay describing how the war on terror is a fraud. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on terrorism and war.

More than 30,000 Muslims from across the world meet in the UK to reject Isis and Islamic extremism "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Thousands of Muslims from across the world converged on the UK for a convention where they rejected extremism and violence of terror groups such as Isis. More than 30,000 members of the Ahmadiyya Islamic movement met ... in Hampshire for a three-day convention, the 50th time the annual event has taken place. On the final day, attendees were led by the global Caliph of the movement in a vow of peace and a pledge of allegiance to their home countries. “The only thing the terrorists are achieving is to completely violate the teachings of the Holy Koran and of the Holy Prophet Muhammad,” His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad told attendees. “Let it be clear that they are not practising Islam, rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion.” The Ahmadiyya movement has 129 centres across the UK including the Baitul Futuh Mosque in south London, the biggest in Western Europe. The movement was founded in India in 1889 with a strong emphasis of peace over violence and tolerance over extremism. The president of the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Rafiq Hayat, said: “The 30,000-plus people from over 90 countries gathering at the convention come in the spirit of fraternity – and to give thanks for the security and freedom they have found in Britain. “Many have fled persecution in other countries and together, they will re-affirm their pledge to follow the true teachings of Islam – that are teachings of peace – and to counter all forms of extremism and intolerance.

Note: Read a well-researched essay on the covert origins of ISIS. In Muslim communities, living together peacefully is the under-reported norm.

Cast-Out Police Officers Are Often Hired in Other Cities "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

As a police officer in a small Oregon town in 2004, Sean Sullivan was caught kissing a 10-year-old girl on the mouth. Mr. Sullivan’s sentence barred him from taking another job as a police officer. But three months later, [he was hired] as the police chief ... in Cedar Vale, Kan., [where] he was again investigated for a suspected sexual relationship with a girl and eventually convicted on charges that included burglary and criminal conspiracy. Some experts say thousands of law enforcement officers may have drifted from police department to police department even after having been fired, forced to resign or convicted of a crime. Yet there is no comprehensive, national system for weeding out problem officers. A lack of coordination among law enforcement agencies, opposition from police executives and unions, and an absence of federal guidance have meant that in many cases police departments do not know the background of prospective officers if they fail to disclose a troubled work history. Among the officers ... who have found jobs even after exhibiting signs that they might be ill suited for police work is Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014. Before he was hired in Cleveland, Officer Loehmann had resigned from a suburban police force not long after a supervisor recommended that he be fired for, among other things, an inability to follow instructions. But Cleveland officials never checked his personnel file. Officer Loehmann, who was not indicted, remains on the Cleveland force.

Note: A yearlong Associated Press investigation found that the "broken system which lets problem officers jump from job to job" fosters and abets sexual abuse. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing police corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.

Wells Fargo fired 5,300 workers for improper sales push. The executive in charge is retiring with $125 million. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

When Wells Fargo was hit last week with $185 million in fines after thousands of its employees were caught setting up fake accounts customers didn't ask for, regulators heralded the settlement as a breakthrough. But the fines being levied against Wells Fargo pale in comparison to the bank's yearly profit - more than $20 billion in 2015. It is also less than the more than $200 million that the stock in the company held by company's chief executive, John G. Stumpf is worth. The fines also are not that much more than the $125 million one of its top executives, Carrie Tolstedt, will walk away with when she retires this year. "There are two possibilities: Customer abuse was part of business model, in which case lots of high ranking people need to go to prison," said Bart Naylor, a financial policy advocate. "Or the bank is too big to manage, and folks high up don’t even know that laws are being broken a few levels down." The magnitude of the fraud described by regulators should be thoroughly investigated, five Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to the head of the Senate Banking Committee, Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), asking for a hearing on the case. The lawmakers, including Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, said Wells Fargo's CEO, John G. Stumpf, should be called to testify. "It is difficult to believe a large-scale, coordinated [scheme] like this took place without knowledge of some higher ups," Menendez said in an interview.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing banking corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.

Wells Fargo CEO should face reckoning "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Wells Fargo fired about 5,300 employees over the past several years for opening more than 2 million checking, savings, credit or debit card accounts without customers’ knowledge or consent. The big question: Why wasn’t Wells Fargo chief executive John Stumpf one of them? “It’s hard to believe that thousands of employees could have created over a million fake accounts without anyone in senior management knowing about it,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wrote in an emailed response. “It’s one or the other: Either individuals in senior management knew about this fraud and should be held personally accountable, or they didn’t know about it and a bank as big as Wells Fargo is simply too big to manage.” On Thursday, Wells settled a lawsuit and potential lawsuits by agreeing to clean up the mess, refund fees paid by customers on accounts they did not authorize and pay fines and penalties. Those included $100 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, $35 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and $50 million to the city and county of Los Angeles. FBR analyst Paul Miller called those fines “a rounding error” for Wells, which earns about $5 billion per quarter. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer opened an investigation into Wells after the Los Angeles Times reported in 2013 that ... “employees have opened unneeded accounts for customers, ordered credit cards without customers’ permission and forged client signatures on paperwork." His office filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo in 2015.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing banking corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.

United States of Paranoia: They See Gangs of Stalkers "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Nobody believed him. His family told him to get help. But Timothy Trespas, an out-of-work recording engineer in his early 40s, was sure he was being stalked, and not by just one person, but dozens of them. At first, Mr. Trespas wondered if it was all in his head. Then he encountered a large community of like-minded people on the internet who call themselves “targeted individuals,” or T.I.s, who described going through precisely the same thing. The group was organized around the conviction that its members are victims of a sprawling conspiracy to harass thousands of everyday Americans with mind-control weapons and armies of so-called gang stalkers. The goal, as one gang-stalking website put it, is “to destroy every aspect of a targeted individual’s life.” The community, conservatively estimated to exceed 10,000 members, has proliferated since 9/11, cradled by the internet and fed by genuine concerns over government surveillance. They raise money, hold awareness campaigns, host international conferences and fight for their causes in courts and legislatures. Perhaps their biggest victory came last year, when believers in Richmond, Calif., persuaded the City Council to pass a resolution banning space-based weapons that they believe could be used for mind control. A similar lobbying effort is underway in Tucson.

Note: Read an excellent article on gang stalking from the Washington Post. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on electronic harassment and mind control.

PR Firm Attacks Organic Food, Then Pitches Itself to Organic Companies "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

News that Ketchum Inc., the public relations firm leading the charge to promote chemical-dependent GMO agriculture, is launching a new “specialty group” to capture a slice of the growing organic food market caught many food industry players by surprise last week. Ketchum’s new branch, called “Cultivate,” is pitching itself to “help purpose-driven brands with a natural, organic, and sustainable focus.” The news comes as Ketchum remains a key player in PR efforts to dampen demand for organic foods, spinning messages that tell consumers organics are over-priced and over-hyped. In 2013, Monsanto hired Ketchum’s parent company, Omnicom, to “reshape” its reputation amid fierce opposition to GMOs, according to the Holmes Report. Ketchum now works closely with Monsanto and the agrichemical industry on its massively funded PR efforts to promote genetically engineered food and crops, stop GMO labeling, downplay concerns about pesticides, counteract consumer advocates and convince consumers that organic food is no different from conventional food. A closer look at Ketchum’s past and current activities turns up more reasons that purpose-driven organic and natural food companies might want to steer clear of Ketchum’s “Cultivate” branch. Emails from the late 1990s indicate that Ketchum was involved in espionage against nonprofit groups that were raising concerns about GMOs. Ketchum ... has worked to undermine consumer advocates and the organic foods industry. It would be unwise for organic companies to hire the PR firm.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on food system corruption and the manipulation of public perception.

Why The FDA Has Never Looked At Some Of The Additives In Our Food "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Companies have added thousands of ingredients to foods with little to no government oversight. That's thanks to a loophole in a decades-old law that allows them to deem an additive to be "generally recognized as safe" - or GRAS - without the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's blessing, or even its knowledge. The loophole was originally intended to allow manufacturers of common ingredients like vinegar and table salt ... to bypass the FDA's lengthy safety-review process. But over time, companies have found that it's far more efficient to take advantage of the exemption to get their products on shelves quickly. Some of these products contain additives that the FDA has found to pose dangers, [and] companies regularly introduce new additives without ever informing the FDA. The Government Accountability Office ... published a report in 2010 that found that "FDA's oversight process does not help ensure the safety of all new GRAS determinations." And even when a company does go through the FDA review process, safety decisions have been criticized. For example ... lawsuits allege that mycoprotein, a type of fungus used in vegetarian products, has caused consumers to suffer a range of reactions, including nausea and anaphylactic shock. The complaints prompted the Center for Science in the Public Interest to urge the FDA in 2011 to revoke the ingredient's GRAS status. In the past five decades, the number of food additives has skyrocketed ' from about 800 to more than 10,000.

Note: Common additives in processed foods have been linked with temper tantrums, poor concentration and hyperactivity, and allergic reactions in children. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on food system corruption and health.

13-Year-Old Designs Super-Efficient Solar Array Based on the Fibonacci Sequence "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Aidan Dwyer, 13, went to the woods and had a eureka moment that could be a major breakthrough in solar panel design. The 7th-grader ... noticed a pattern among tree branches, and determined (as naturalist Charles Bonnet did in 1754) that the pattern represented the Fibonacci sequence of numbers. Aidan wondered why, and figured it had something to do with photosynthesis. In a pretty innovative experiment, this intrepid young scientist set about duplicating an oak tree, comparing its sunlight-capturing abilities to a traditional rooftop solar panel array. He copied the pattern using a computer program, and built an oak tree-shaped solar array out of PVC pipe. He next built a flat-panel array mounted at 45 degrees, like a typical home rooftop array, and attached data loggers to each model to monitor voltage. Aidan's award-winning essay ... walks you through his experiment design and his results. But the short story is that his tree design generated much more electricity - especially ... when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky. At that point, the tree design generated 50 percent more power, without any adjustments to its declination angle. He determined the tree's Fibonacci pattern allowed some solar panels to collect sunlight even if others were in shade, and prevented branches on a tree from shading other branches. Now Aidan is studying other tree species and improving his PVC model to determine how it could be used to make more efficient solar arrays.

Note: Don't miss the pictures of this amazing invention at the link above. Explore a treasure trove of concise summaries of incredibly inspiring news articles which will inspire you to make a difference.

The Intelligent Plant "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Times best-seller list. “The Secret Life of Plants,” ... described the experiments of a former C.I.A. polygraph expert named Cleve Backster, who ... found that simply by imagining [a houseplant] being set on fire he could make it rouse the needle of the polygraph machine. Much of the research on plant intelligence has been inspired by ... the ways in which remarkably brainy behavior can emerge in the absence of actual brains. “If you are a plant, having a brain is not an advantage,” Stefano Mancuso points out. Mancuso is perhaps the field’s most impassioned spokesman for the plant point of view. His somewhat grandly named International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, a few miles outside Florence, occupies a modest suite of labs and offices. Giving a tour of the labs, he showed me maize plants, grown under lights, that were being taught to ignore shadows; a poplar sapling hooked up to a galvanometer to measure its response to air pollution; and a chamber in which ... an advanced kind of mass spectrometer continuously read all the volatiles emitted by a succession of plants. “We are making a dictionary of each species’ entire chemical vocabulary,” he explained. He estimates that a plant has three thousand chemicals in its vocabulary, while, he said with a smile, “the average student has only seven hundred words.”

Note: Explore a treasure trove of concise summaries of incredibly inspiring news articles which will inspire you to make a difference.

Tenn. church, Islamic center embrace post 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Following 9/11, reports of hate crimes against Arab-Americans, or those perceived to be, went up 1,700 percent. While distrust and ignorance toward American Muslims remains a reality today, we found the opposite in one Tennessee community. On one recent Sunday morning in Cordova, Pastor Steve Stone was rocking along with his congregation, clapping and singing along with the choir. Heartsong Church, just outside Memphis, sits on a rural road - directly across the street from a Muslim worship center. When Dr. Bashar Shala, co-founder of the Memphis Islamic Center, or MIC, began construction two years ago, at best, he hoped to be ignored. Instead, Stone welcomed the Muslims with a surprise - a sign welcoming MIC to the neighborhood. When they saw the sign, Shala said, "We knew that we have good neighbors." Acting on the biblical phrase "love thy neighbor," the two sides forged a friendship that's now expanded to plans for building a park with land from both sides of the road, connected by a bridge or a tunnel, and to interfaith events, such as a joint Labor Day party. One church member, Lee Raines, looking at tables with Muslims and Christians together, called it "awesome." Stone and Shala say they hope others will practice being good neighbors as they do. Not only have they fed the homeless and organized food drives together, this Sunday, on the 9/11 anniversary, they're hosting a joint blood drive.

Note: Watch a wonderfully inspiring, three-minute video on this unusual friendship.

Obama: Oceans Key to Protecting Planet From Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Creating the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument is a needed response to dangerous climate change, oceanic dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the New England coast. "If we're going to leave our children with oceans like the ones that were left to us, then we're going to have to act and we're going to have to act boldly," Obama said at a ... conference. More than 20 countries represented at the meeting were also announcing the creation of their own marine protected areas. Monument designations come with restrictions on certain activities. The designation will lead to a ban on commercial fishing, mining and drilling, though a seven-year exception will occur for the lobster and red crab industries. Others, such as whiting and squid harvesters, have 60 days to transition out. Recreational fishing will be allowed. The ... monument will include three underwater canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon and four underwater mountains. It is home to such protected species as the sperm, fin and sei whales, and Kemp's ridley turtles. Expeditions also have found species of coral found nowhere else on earth. Supporters of the new monument say protecting large swaths of ocean from human stresses can sustain important species and reduce the toll of climate change.

Note: Explore a treasure trove of concise summaries of incredibly inspiring news articles which will inspire you to make a difference.


10 Must-Read Books for Women in Business "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

10 Must-Read Books for Women in Business

All summer long I devoured business book after business book, looking for some last-minute inspiration and motivation as I hit the road to celebrate our new book, In the Company of Women. There are so many incredible business books on the market, but I really enjoyed focusing on books that were meant to address some of the unique issues facing women. Whether it was a firsthand account from a mother who had given birth and headed back to run her company the next week, or the stories of women who work to overcome and combat sexism in the workplace, their stories gave me the courage and strength to head out this fall and talk about all of these issues across the country with some of the most inspiring women I know in business.

So today I’m sharing 10 books I think any woman in business should have (whether you’re an established pro or are just hoping to launch one day) on their shelves or pick up at their local library. Here’s to more women in charge of their own amazing businesses! xo, grace

*Some of these books are older, some newer. Some are business-focused and others are more outside of the box, but I promise you’ll find inspiration in each one.


Scottish teen dresses up as his Mum to buy booze "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Proof once again that not all heroes wears capes – why bother making a fake ID when you can use a real one and dress up like your Mum?

Naturally the photos drew some doubters and critics…

The post Scottish teen dresses up as his Mum to buy booze appeared first on The Poke.


‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Drinking Water of More than 200 Million Americans "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich,” which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for the compound – and the chemical industry is trying to keep it that way.

Today EWG released an analysis of more than 60,000 tap water tests conducted nationwide, finding that chromium-6, or hexavalent chromium, is in the tap water of more than 218 million Americans. Use EWG’s interactive map to see the level of chromium-6 in your water supply, as reported by the EPA from tests by local water utilities. That’s two-thirds of the U.S. being served water with chromium-6 at, or above, the level that California state scientists consider safe. The California public health goal allows a chromium-6 level expected to cause no more than one case of cancer in 1 million people who drink it for lifetime.

Though far more permissive than its public health goal, California is the only state that has set an enforceable legal limit for chromium-6 in drinking water. Federal chromium regulations, set in 1991, do not specifically address chromium-6 and do not consider current science showing that drinking water contaminated with the chemical can cause cancer.

Chromium is a naturally occurring element but can also be manufactured. The two main types are chromium-3, an essential human nutrient considered to be mostly harmless, and chromium-6, which has long been known to cause lung cancer when airborne particles are inhaled. Recent science has also shown that, when ingested, it can cause stomach cancer. Chromium-6 is used in chrome plating, wood and leather treatments, dyes and pigments, and the water in cooling towers of electrical power plants.

A 2008 study by the National Toxicology Program found chromium-6 in drinking water caused cancer in rats and mice. California state scientists drew on that study to determine its public health goal, which is unenforceable, but guided state regulators in setting a legal limit. Although EWG believes the legal limit is far too high to protect public health, it is the only enforceable regulation on chromium-6 in the U.S.

The National Toxicology Program study was also used by the Environmental Protection Agency to draft a health assessment for a safe exposure level. The draft was completed in 2011, but not formally released because the chemical and electric power industries pressured the EPA to wait for the results of other, industry-funded studies. Five years later, we’re still waiting for the industry studies, which are expected to argue that the EPA doesn’t need to set a national standard at all. They’re also expected to fundamentally challenge the way the EPA calculates the risk of all carcinogenic chemicals.

Will the EPA stand up to industry pressure? The agency’s record is not good. Since landmark amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996, t...


Adobe Lightroom CC Now Has Smart Previews for Big Speed Boost "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


Smart Previews were already used in Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile apps for iOS and Android. Instead of working with the original RAW photo files themselves, the mobile apps generate a lower-resolution “Smart Preview” for you to edit. Your finished edits are then synced to the original files.

Lightroom CC (2015.7) and Lightroom 6.7 brings this same performance “hack” to desktop photo editing. While Smart Previews were already used in Lightroom desktop when editing original images that were disconnected from your computer, Adobe now gives you the option to always use Smart Previews, even when the original files are available.

Simply go to Edit->Preferences.


Select the Performance tab, and in the Develop section check the box that says Use Smart Previews Instead Of Originals For Image Editing.


Click “Ok”, restart Lightroom, and you’re good to go.

You should find that high-resolution photos that previously caused your computer to struggle can now be edited much more smoothly, as though it were a smaller photo.

A number of other features and improvements were found alongside Smart Previews in the latest Lightroom update.

Camera Support

Adobe is adding support for a number of newer cameras, including the latest iPhone 7 models and the Canon 5D Mark IV. Lightroom can import and edit dual pixel RAW files from the 5D Mark IV now, but the software does not yet support any dual pixel RAW functionality.

Publish Stock

You can now publish photos directly from Lightroom CC to Adobe’s Stock Contributor Site. The Adobe Stock Publish Service can put your photos in front of millions of photo buyers using the Creative Cloud and help you earn money.

All Sync...


Uh Oh: FDA Finds Glyphosate Herbicide in U.S. Honey "IndyWatch Feed Health"

It took years of begging and pleading, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally agreed in February to start testing for glyphosate in food. The agency announced just a few days ago that U.S. honey samples tested positive for the chemical, which is an ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. [1]

The agency checks foods for pesticides every year, but for decades had refused to test for glyphosate. The decision to start checking for the chemical was made only after many independent researchers started conducting their own testing on various foods 2 years ago and found glyphosate in flour, cereal, oatmeal, and a host of other products.

The discovery of glyphosate – declared a probable human carcinogen in 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO) – lends more credence to a growing number of studies that show the chemical is pervasive, as honey is not produced with the use of the chemical – at least not knowingly.

The Details

The honey samples came from various locations across the United States, and were found to contain residues of glyphosate. The information was obtained by the consumer advocacy group, Right to Know, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. [2]

There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the U.S., so even traces of the chemical could technically be considered illegal. Some of the honey tested by the FDA had glyphosate residues measuring 107 parts per billion (ppb), which far exceeds the 50 ppb maximum limit established by the European Union (EU).

Right to Know also obtained documents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing that in addition to honey, government residue experts discussed the prevalence of glyphosate found in soybean samples, and the belief that there could be a lot of “violation for glyphosate” residue levels in U.S. crops. [1]

The Pervasiveness of Glyphosate

How serious is the problem? Well, one internal e-mail by the FDA states that investigators actually had trouble finding honey that didn’t contain glyphosate. Wrote one researcher:

“It is difficult to find blank honey that does not contain residue. I collect about 10 samples of honey in the market and they all contain glyphosate.” [2]

Low concentrations of glyphosate were even detected in “organic mountain honey.”

Monsanto – as well as the U.S. government – maintain that any glyphosate residues found in food would be miniscule, and therefore harmless. Of course, without robust testing, it’s impossible to know just how contaminated the food system is.

Individuals may only be eating trace amounts of glyphosate when they spread honey on their toast, and if that’s all they ate, they would probably be safe. But Roundup is the most widely used herbicide on the planet. The combination of a lack of testing and the fact that glyphosate is everywhere means that people probably eat far more of this toxic substance than they realize.



Hasselblad Shows Off 75MP Square Format V-Series Concept Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


One of the cooler announcements from yesterday’s avalanche of Photokina product releases wasn’t actually a release at all. Hasselblad debuted an ode to their old V-series, a 75MP square-format concept camera with modular accessories and killer looks.

The square camera, which Hasselblad has named the V1D 4116 (as in 1941 – 2016) Concept, is part of Hassy’s 75-year anniversary celebration. It’s an answer to the question:

What happens when you combine the fundamental principles behind the classic Hasselblad cameras with cutting edge technology, modern production methods and contemporary design?


The sensor is built into the camera, but pretty much everything else about the camera is modular—from special grips, to knob placement, to different viewfinder options. You can even attach two displays, one on the back and a viewfinder on top.

“All in all, there are many ways to personalize the V1D,” writes Hasselblad. “The proportions of the body have been carefully developed to find the perfect blend between a modern product expression and the classic Hasselblad silhouette.”

Here’s a look at the camera in a few of its different configurations:





Between the Fire & Ice of the Spiritually Hollow "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This is such a deep subject, some will believe while many others will no. Simple as that. There are certain events which have taken place over the past two thousand years which were planned to guide mankind where we are right now. Boxes of Knowledge There is a man called Dannion Brinkley…who’s name brings to […]


Renewable energy researcher with troubled record loses another paper "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A renewable researcher who recycled material in several papers — and has already agreed to withdraw 10 studies — has lost another paper. In January, we reported that six of 10 papers flagged by an investigation into author Shyi-Min Lu have either been retracted or withdrawn. Now, Lu has lost another paper that was not among […]

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Jorge Luis Borges Creates a List of 16 Ironic Rules for Writing Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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“Jorge Luis Borges 1951, by Grete Stern” via Wikimedia Commons.

When we first read the work of Jorge Luis Borges, we may wish to write like him. When we soon discover that nobody but Borges can write like Borges, we may wish instead that we could have collaborated with him. Once, he and his luminary-of-Argentine-literature colleagues, friend and frequent collaborator Adolfo Bioy Casares and Bioy Casares’ wife Silvina Ocampo, got together to compose a story about a writer from the French countryside. Though they never did finish it, one piece of its content survives: a list of sixteen rules, drawn up by Borges, for the writing of fiction.

Or at least that’s how Bioy Casares told it to the French magazine L’Herne, which reprinted the list. Instead of sixteen recommendations for what a writer of fiction should do, Borges playfully provided a list of sixteen prohibitions–things writers of fiction should never let slip into their work.

  1. Non-conformist interpretations of famous personalities. For example, describing Don Juan’s misogyny, etc.
  2. Grossly dissimilar or contradictory twosomes like, for example, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
  3. The habit of defining characters by their obsessions; like Dickens does, for example.
  4. In developing the plot, resorting to extravagant games with time and space in the manner of Faulkner, Borges, and Bioy Casares.
  5. In poetry, characters or situations with which the reader can identify.
  6. Characters prone to becoming myths.
  7. Phrases, scenes intentionally linked to a specific time or a specific epoch; in other words, local flavor.
  8. Chaotic enumeration.
  9. Metaphors in general, and visual metaphors in particular. Even more concretely, agricultural, naval or banking metaphors. Absolutely un-advisable example: Proust.
  10. Anthropomorphism
  11. The tailoring of novels with plots that are reminiscent of another book. For example, Ulysses by Joyce and Homer’s Odyssey.
  12. Writing books that resemble menus, albums, itineraries, or concerts.
  13. Anything that can be illustrated. Anything that may suggest the idea that it can be made into a movie.
  14. Critical essays, any historical or biographical reference.  Always avoid allusions to authors’ personalities or private lives. Above all, avoid psychoanalysis.
  15. Domestic scenes in police novels; dramatic scenes in philosophical dialogues. And, finally:
  16. Avoid vanity, modesty, pederasty, lack of pederasty, suicide.

The astute reader will find much more of the counterintuitive about this list than its focus on what not to do. Didn’t Borges himself specialize in non-conformist interpretations, especially of existing literature? Don’t some of his most memorable characters obsess over things, like...


Accenture to Unveil ‘Editable’ Blockchain Prototype "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Global professional services and consulting giant Accenture has developed a prototype that will enable a central administrator to edit – even expunge – a record on a private blockchain. In an announcement today, Accenture said it has created “a prototype of a new capability” that will allow one or more designated administrators to edit, rewrite […]

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13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love

From a design standpoint, it can be easier to decorate a home’s main living spaces when they are separate, divided rooms. Couches have designated places to go, the wall color can differ room by room, and the mess in the kitchen doesn’t have to affect the company hanging out in the living room. An open-concept living space means that the aesthetic has to be fairly consistent throughout, but when it’s done well, it’s gorgeous.

The common living area is designed for community. We love that these spaces aren’t closed off, but instead encourage visual engagement from area to area. We’ve seen so many lovely open layouts over the years on Design*Sponge and we’ve selected a few of our favorites to share here today. Find inspiration for creating a cohesive and comfortable look in these 13 large, open living areas. –Lauren


How an Imaginary Island Stayed on Maps for Five Centuries "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Thomas Jefferys, “Chart of the Atlantic Ocean, with the British, French, & Spanish settlements in North America, and the West Indies” (London, 1768) (courtesy Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library)

A tiny blot of a landmass off the western coast of Ireland is curiously labeled “Imaginary Isle of O Brazil” on cartographer Thomas Jefferys’s 1768 “Chart of the Atlantic Ocean.” A 21st-century viewer might wonder: why include a fictional island on a map of the known world?

O Brazil, or Hy-Brasil as it was frequently was labeled, had haunted maps since the 14th century, first as a mistake, then as a mythological tribute. Its size and shape often morphed, its location wandered from Ireland to North America, and its name varied, but for five centuries it endured in Western cartography.


Abraham Ortelius, “Europae,” from ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ (detail) (Antwerp, Belgium, 1570) (courtesy Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library) (click to enlarge)

“There were a number of mythical or imaginary places that appeared on maps, beginning in the early 14th century,” Stephanie Cyr, assistant curator in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, told Hyperallergic. “In the north Atlantic Ocean, the islands of St. Brendan, Hy-Brasil, Maida, and Bus all appear on early maps. Local legends and oral folklore spread to merchants and seafarers, and folk stories gave way to accounts of actual sightings of these places, which accounted for their appearance on maps. After a number of failed attempts at finding islands like Hy-Brasil, and disputed reports, these places were eventually removed from maps.”

Hy-Brasil: Mapping a Mythical Island, a small display in Boston’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, explores this history through archival material and contemporary art by Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile. A larger online component includes 40 maps from the 14th to 19th centuries charting Hy-Brasil. Recently a floating sculpture by Ó Fraithile called “South of Hy-Brasil” was installed in the Fenway section of Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system (aka the Fens). Bobbing behind Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the temporary island is on view through mid-October as part of Medicine Wheel Productions’s Tír na nÓg, or Otherworld, series in collaboration with the...


"Stillness in the Storm" a Poem Inspired by Tambara Lilly "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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(Stillness in the Storm Editor) Tambara Lilly is a writer and poet, who wrote a beautiful poem inspired by the work we're doing here at Stillness in the Storm. 

I was humbled and overwhelmed by this sentiment. As I told Tambara, it's often unclear from my end of the computer screen what effect the work has, and it was lovely to hear from her.

Poetry is something I enjoy reading and writing, but I haven't focused on these much of late. In our fact-driven world, poetry seems to have been downplayed. But it has an incredible power to stimulate and catalyze consciousness. Often profound aspects of our being are energized by the arts, especially poetry as it can conjure up images, feelings, and insights from the core of our soul, laying them at the feet of the conscious mind for review. 

I hope you enjoy her writing as much as I did. 
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Bitcoin is Money, Rules New York Federal Judge "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

How Bitcoin is seen has a great deal to do with where the case is heard, as not all jurisdictions see Bitcoin, or the definition of money, the same way.


from CoinTelegraph.Com News


Wild images of vintage ‘Hell Drivers’ fearless car stuntmen from the early 1900s "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Lucky Teter (or perhaps one of his stuntmen) jumping over a truck, 1930s.
Back in the early 1930s a man by the name of Earl “Lucky” Teter formed a troupe of eager thrill-seeking stunt-drivers for his daredevil extravaganza “Lucky” Teter’s Hell Drivers....


215 Million Gallons of Radioactive Water Threaten Drinking Water in Florida "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Mulberry, Florida is now home to a giant sinkhole that has caused 215 million gallons of radioactive water to leak into the state’s supply of drinking water.

The contamination occurred when a sinkhole appeared at a phosphate fertilizer plant near Tampa, which damaged the stack where waste water was stored. This filtered into the state’s aquifer system, which supplies water to residents, making the water contain phosphogypsum. Phosphogypsum is classified as slightly radioactive and is a byproduct of the creation of fertilizer. This is due to the naturally-occurring uranium and radium in the phosphate ore. [1]

The contaminated water also flows into springs used for activities like snorkeling and swimming. [2]

Mosaic, the fertilizer company responsible for the contamination, has kept this sinkhole leak concealed for the better part of 3 weeks, leaving many residents wary when they state that there is no risk to the public. Mosaic claims that the water moves far too slowly to be a threat, however, many people aren’t buying the rhetoric.

Jacki Lopez, Florida director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said of the newfound problem:

“It’s hard to trust them when they say ‘Don’t worry,’ when they’ve been keeping it secret for three weeks.” [3]

Mosaic claims it didn’t inform the public when it initially occurred because they felt they were doing an adequate job of diverting the water source before it became a public hazard. They did inform the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), but the DEP also failed to make it known to residents.

Related: Here’s What People Near the Worst Gas Leak in History are Experiencing 

Lopez added:

“We don’t know what the long-term effects will be. If I were living in this area, and I had well water, I would be worried about my health.”

The company is attempting to recover the water by using production wells. They have also increased the water sampling and pumped water out of one of the effected ponds to hopefully reduce some of the leak.

The DEP is also performing frequent visits to the company to ensure that protocol is being followed and that no radioactive water makes its way into the water of residents of Florida. [4]


[1] International Fertilizer Association

[2] Yahoo!

[3] Reuters

[4] BBC

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Absolute Immutability Will Slow Permissioned Blockchain Progress "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

David Treat, managing director and head of Accenture’s capital markets blockchain practice, opines on the difficulties of immutability.


from CoinDesk


Brzezinski: 'It’s Easier to Kill than Control a Million People' "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Obama’s handler Zbigniew Brzezinski, a big-time New World Order globalist insider, put the matter rather bluntly by asserting that it was now harder to control, but easier to kill, a million people. 

Specifically, he said that “new and old powers face” an unprecedented situation; the “lethality of their power is greater than ever”, but, sadly for the NWO globalists, their “capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historical low.”

Humanity’s consciousness is rising.

People are starting to get wise to the deception. The masses are resisting, not complying and fighting back, and this is exactly the kind of behavior that will make it difficult for the Controllers to implement their NWO agenda of a One World Government, backed by a one world currency and army, with a fully microchipped population.

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Lone Waikato DHB board member says no to fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A health board member has broken ranks to accuse his colleagues of pushing through what he calls a “rubber-stamp” statement supporting water fluoridation.

Andrew Buckley unsuccessfully opposed the re-adoption of the Waikato District Health Board’s position statement on fluoridation, dubbing it “flawed decision-making”,  but chairman Bob Simcock said the board was simply following the science and Buckley was a lone voice.

Local councils, not the health board, decide whether or not to put fluoride in the water. But many, including Hamilton City Council, have been the subject of campaigns to remove it and have looked to the DHB for a stance on it when making their decision.

The government has signalled a move to give the decision to DHBs and Waikato’s current policy is based on Ministry of Health guidelines.

Buckley claimed the policy was presented at a recent board meeting without any supporting evidence.

“I was elected to the board [for the first time] in 2010 and the first challenge I faced was when I asked for discussions around [fluoridation],” Buckley said.

“But I was told that it had already been discussed before and that was that. We were told we were not there to discuss it, we were there to endorse it.

“I believe that attitudes and statements like this are a serious threat to our democracy and move us closer to a place where faceless bureaucrats make major decisions without taking into account the voice of the community.”

Simcock said the policy was not pushed through and the board clearly took a position reflecting the consensus of health science.

“The reality is that there was some debate. The board members were very clear about re-supporting that position.

“I’m not sure if rubber-stamping meant that people don’t agree with him (Buckley), well, if it does then that’s the case.

“They were obviously of the view that that is the policy statement of the board and they’re comfortable with it. If they weren’t they would not have voted for it.”

“People of Hamilton have also expressed a similar view,” said Simock in reference to the 2014 city referendum where 70 per cent of respondents backed fluoridation.

The Waikato DHB resolved to “support fluoride, at accepted safe levels being introduced into non-fluoridated reticulate drinking water supplies to increase access to fluoridated water. Fluoride should be maintained in already fluoridated supplies.”

DHB’s director of public and organisational affairs, Lydia Aydon, said a renewed position statement was needed as it had expired and it gave the public health team the ability to advocate on the issue in the name of the DHB.

In April, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of district health boards, rather than local councils, should lead to more water supplies being fluoridated.

And in the same month, Hamilton City Council agreed to provide fluoride-free water at the Taitua Arboretum and the Claudelands Events Centre. The tap at the events centre cost $70,000.

The most comprehensive survey of research on fluoridation yet done was released in Australia this month and found it was safe.

The report from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council found fluoridation reduced tooth decay by 26-44 per cent in people in areas where it was conducted, with the only side effect minor tooth discolouration in some.


SanDisk Unveils the World’s First 1TB SDXC Card "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


It has finally happened: an SD card has now broken the 1 terabyte threshold. SanDisk and its parent company Western Digital today unveiled a new 1 terabyte SDXC card, ushering in a new era of tiny memory cards with massive storage capacities.

The prototype memory card was unveiled by the brands at Photokina 2016 over in Cologne, Germany. This announcement comes 16 years after SanDisk unveiled the world’s first 64 megabyte SD card — a breakthrough in capacity at the time. Less than two decades later, we can now cram nearly 16,000 times the data onto a memory card of the same size.

It was also at Photokina back in 2014 that SanDisk revealed its massive 512GB SDXC card — also the world’s largest at the time.


Western Digital says the new SanDisk 1TB card is geared toward emerging technologies such as ultra-high-resolution photos, 4K videos, virtual reality, 360-degree video, and video surveillance.

Speaking of emerging technologies: Canon showed off a 120MP DSLR back in 2015 that captures RAW files weighing 210 megabytes each. This 1TB SD card can store over 4,700 of those gigantic files…

No word yet on when we’ll be seeing this 1TB SDXC card hit the market or how much it will cost when it does. Just for reference, however, the 512GB SDXC card that was announced in 2014 was launched with a price tag of $800.


Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Augmented Reality "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

I actually do wonder how this sort of thing will work when someone inevitably creates the 'everyone is naked' filter.

New comic!
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Torrance residents, politicians call for ban on hydrofluoric acid at refinery "IndyWatch Feed Health"

South Bay area politicians and activists on Monday called for a ban on an acid used at the Torrance refinery, speaking just hours after residents were presented with an unplanned flareup at the facility.

Hydrofluoric acid is used in the refining of petroleum to create gasoline, but it can pose a danger to the public when not handled properly.

“Hydrofluoric acid is extremely dangerous. It is so dangerous that if released into the air, it forms a vapor cloud that travels around with the wind and kills people who come in contact with it,” Congressman Ted Lieu of Torrance said.

Lieu was joined by former state Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, who cited a recent report commissioned by the South Coast Air Quality Management District that found there are safer alternatives refineries can use, such as sulfuric acid and solid acid.

According to the report, sulfuric acid can reduce the potential threat of vapor clouds, but it can also increase the need for the transport of acid along highways and surface streets. A solid acid system would eliminate both risks.

Muratsuchi, who is running for another term in the Assembly, laid out a six-point plan to overhaul the safety guidelines at the refinery. In addition to an outright ban on the use of modified hydrofluoric acid, the points included:

  • installation of real-time air quality monitors, along with the sharing of real-time data with residents
  • installation of a more effective community alarm system
  • an update to the community disaster preparedness plan specifically addressing the threat of modified hydrofluoric acid
  • creation of an independent Torrance refinery community advisory panel
  • a commitment to ensure the jobs and economic benefits of the refinery continue to benefit Torrance and the surrounding area

An unplanned flaring event occurred Monday morning, the second in two days. The flareup prompted the closure of Del Amo Boulevard between Maple Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.

The spectacle of flames shooting high into the air likely unsettled residents who last year endured an explosion at the facility that left four people injured and dropped smoke and ash on the surrounding neighborhood.

ExxonMobil, which owned the refinery then, was fined more than $500,000.

The refinery was eventually sold to PBF Energy, which owns several other refineries around the country. The facility was restarted in May, but residents have continued to harbor concerns over safety....


Bank Of England Ponders Blockchain for Real-Time Money Settlement "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In order to safeguard the stability of the United Kingdom’s financial system, the Bank of England is exploring the next generation of its Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) service, according to a bank document [PDF]. RTGS is the platform for providing sterling central bank reserves to provide safe final settlement for transactions between banks.   The bank […]

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Bitcoin Price Watch; FOMC Rate Decision Stalls Price "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

First of all we apologise as our Bitcoin analyst Samuel Rae won’t be able to publish his daily analysis up until Friday. So for the time being, I, Yashu Gola, will be replacing him to keep up the flow, and match his skills to provide you the most up-to-dated intraday trading reports.  And we do … Continue reading Bitcoin Price Watch; FOMC Rate Decision Stalls Price

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Nettle extract substantially increased sensitivity of breast cancer cells to paclitaxel. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2016 Aug 5 ;83:835-842. Epub 2016 Aug 5. PMID: 27501501 Abstract Title:  The Urtica dioica extract enhances sensitivity of paclitaxel drug to MDA-MB-468 breast cancer cells. Abstract:  INTRODUCTION: Due to the chemo resistant nature of cancer cells and adverse effects of current therapies, researchers are looking for the most efficient therapeutic approach which has the lowest side effects and the highest toxicity on cancer cells. The aim of the present study was to investigate the synergic effect of Urtica dioica extract in combination with paclitaxel on cell death and invasion of human breast cancer MDA-MB-468 cell line.MATERIALS AND METHODS: To determine the cytotoxic effects of Urtica dioica extract with paclitaxel, MTT assay was performed. The scratch test was exploited to assess the effects of Urtica dioica, Paclitaxel alone and combination on migration of cancer cells. The expression levels of snail-1, ZEB1, ZEB2, twist, Cdc2, cyclin B1 and Wee1 genes were quantified using qRT-PCR and western blot performed for snail-1expression. The effects of plant extract, Paclitaxel alone and combination on different phases of cell cycle was analyzed using flow cytometry.RESULTS: Results of MTT assay showed that Urtica dioica significantly destroyed cancer cells. Interestingly, Concurrent use of Urtica dioica extract with paclitaxel resulted in decreased IC50 dose of paclitaxel. Moreover, findings of scratch assay exhibited the inhibitory effects of Urtica dioica, Paclitaxel alone and combination on migration of MDA-MB-468 cell line. Our findings also demonstrated that the extract substantially decreased the Snail-1 and related gene expression. Ultimately, Cell cycle arrest occurred at G2/M phase post-treatment by deregulating Cdc2 and wee1.CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrated that the dichloromethane extract of Urtica dioica inhibit cell growth and migration. Also, Urtica dioica extract substantially increased sensitivity of breast cancer cells to paclitaxel. Therefore, it can be used as a potential candidate for treatment of breast cancer with paclitaxel.


In Denver, a Rare Chance to See Clyfford Still’s Works on Paper "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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hy Clyfford Still, “PW-1” (1931), watercolor on paper (all images courtesy Clyfford Still Museum © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY)

Known mostly for his paintings, Clyfford Still drew prolifically, and he produced thousands of works of paper throughout his 60-year career as an artist. Opportunities to see them, however, are rare: outside of Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum, only seven drawings are known to exist in public collections. The museum itself boasts a collection of over 2,300 — it actually owns most (94%) of the Stills in the world — and this fall, it will exhibit the first-ever exhibition dedicated entirely to Still’s paper work, with its largest exhibition to date featuring over 240 of them.

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Clyfford Still, “PP-606” (1972), pastel on paper (click to enlarge)

Organized chronologically, many of the works will be on view for the first time. While oil and pastels were his media of choice for painting, Still explored a full range of drawing material: he did work with oils and pastels, but he also created colorful, dynamic works with watercolor, gouache, graphite, pen and ink, charcoal, crayon, and tempera, too.

Clyfford Still: The Works on Paper features early graphite drawings that are more akin to sketches, but there are also expressive line drawings that may stand as subject matter in their own right. Other works are studies for later and larger paintings; some are drawings Still made after his paintings. Many are predictably abstract creations, but accompanying them are also landscapes and portraits of Still and his family that the artist produced in the mid-1920s.

“Still’s drawings were sometimes a preparatory step towards making a major painting but were also works executed after a related painting in which the artist continued to work out his ideas,” the museum’s director and exhibition’s curator Dean Sobel told Hyperallergic. “Drawing was both a continual wellspring for summoning ideas as well as a means for further development of ideas that Still first executed in...


No Evidence for Fluoridated Water to Result in Less Cavities "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride. Unlike other chemicals added to water, which are intended to treat the water itself, fluoride is intended to treat the people who drink the water, whether they want the treatment or not.

As the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) puts it, “Fluoridating water supplies can thus fairly be described as a form of mass medication, which is why most European countries have rejected the practice.”1

In the U.S., many people assume the fluoride in drinking water is beneficial for their teeth, an assumption that has been widely spread by public health agencies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) in saying fluoridation is “nature’s way to prevent tooth decay”2 — a statement that is both misleading and inaccurate.

The Fluoride in Drinking Water Is Not Natural

The CDC and ADA state that “some communities are lucky enough to have naturally occurring optimal levels of fluoride in their water supplies.”3

While it’s true that fluoride is naturally occurring in some areas, leading to high levels in certain water supplies “naturally,” naturally occurring substances are not automatically safe (think of arsenic, for instance).

When people are exposed to high levels of naturally occurring fluoride, severe disease can result. Data from India’s Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry indicate that nearly 49 million people are living in areas where fluoride levels in water are above the permissible levels.

The World Health Organization recommends fluoride levels in drinking water stay between 0.8 and 1.2 milligrams (mg) per liter and do not exceed 1.5 mg per liter.

Exposure to levels above this amount may cause pitting of tooth enamel and fluoride deposits in your bones, while exposure to levels above 10 mg per liter may cause crippling skeletal fluorosis, as well as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures and muscle spasms.

Further, the fluoride added to drinking water is not the naturally occurring variety or even pharmaceutical grade; it’s a byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. FAN explained:4

“The main chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water are known as ‘silicofluorides’ (i.e., hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate). Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products; they are unprocessed industrial by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

Since these silicofluorides undergo no purification procedures, they can contain elevated levels of arsenic — more so than any other water treatment chemical.

In addition, recent research suggests that...


Stencil Art That Blends Graffiti and Decay by Martin Whatson "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


All images via Martin Whatson

Norwegian born artist Martin Whatson produces stencil art that lashes out at the mundane, interrupting grayscale scenes with explosions of vibrantly painted graffiti. The works often focus on a singular matte subject, one that is seemingly unaware of the bright words and marks that have surrounded their bleak environment. Whatson’s inspirations come from a variety of urban origins, interested in everything from decaying walls to the graffiti and posters that cover them.

Currently Whatson has a work in the group exhibition “LAX / ORD” at Chicago’s Vertical Gallery. You can see more of his indoor and outdoor work on his Instagram and website.






New Study Finds Meditation Creates A Distinct Network Of Genes (Anti-Aging) & Improves Cellular Health "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Source - Collective Evolution

by Kalee Brown, September 16th 2016

Science is now catching up to the knowledge outlined in the Vedas, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and other ancient texts. For approximately 5,000 years people have been practicing meditation, proving the positive impact it can have on the body and mind. Science has now accepted that meditation can have powerful effects on human health, as more research is exposing these mind-blowing benefits. Some experienced meditators have even been referred to as “superhumans” because of how their practice has affected them (check out our article here). A study recently published in Translational Psychiatry proved just how beneficial meditation can be for human health, as the molecular signature of meditators was found to be significantly different from those who don’t meditate on a regular basis.

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Design*Sponge Book Tour: Washington, D.C.! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"


Washington, D.C. will always have a special place in my heart because it was always my “big city” to visit while growing up in Virginia. My first big solo car drives were done on the way to Georgetown in 1997 (where I was smitten with Urban Outfitters’ vintage resale section — back when they used to do that). So I’m thrilled to be heading back again this fall for our In the Company of Women book tour!

On Tuesday October 25th I’ll be joined on stage by some amazing local business owners: Sarah Gordon and Sheila Fain of Gordy’s Pickle Jar, Amanda McClements of Salt & SundryNicole Crowder of Nicole Crowder Photography and Charlotte Cannon of The Vintage Vogue. We’ll be talking about community, their paths to success, and what they’ve learned from times when things didn’t go according to plan. My family is driving up from Virginia for this event, so I hope you’ll come join us for one heck of a fun event with the whole Bonney crew!

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Japanese ping-pong player pulls off impressive trick shots, along with plenty of shouting "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

A compilation of impressive ping-pong trick shots played with the traditional bat – as well as the less traditional frying pan, iPhone and someone’s head.

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Steampunk Band Postpones Tour After Crashing Flight Apparatus "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

MONROVIA, Calif. — London-based steampunk outfit The Buzzcogs canceled several concert dates after an accident outside of Los Angeles involving the band’s steam-powered flying apparatus this afternoon, according to various media reports.

Onlookers report the giant vessel began swerving erratically before crashing into the roadside sign of an International House of Pancakes. “It looked like something out of a Tim Burton movie,” said a waitress on duty when the event occurred, just after 4 p.m. “Luckily, the early bird special hadn’t begun, and everybody in here was okay, but we got quite a show.”

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Jack Kirby’s unpublished adaptation of ‘The Prisoner’ "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Jack Kirby was the man who imagined our world of superheroes. In partnership with Stan Lee and Joe Simon, Kirby created the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Doctor Doom, the Black Panther and many, many others<...


What if scientists funded each other? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

We were struck recently by a paper in Scientometrics that proposed a unique way to fund scientists: Distribute money equally, but require that each scientist donate a portion to others – turning the federal funding system into a crowd-sourcing venture that funds people instead of projects. The proposal could save the inordinate amount of time scientists […]

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Steam Community Reports Coinbase Account Hacked; All Bitcoins Lost "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

There is a developing story of a hack targeted at the Steam community through their KeyVendor bot.


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Study Finds 90% of Dust Samples from Homes Packed with Toxins "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Everyone has household dust, and until recently, it was thought to be a low-risk side effect of not being obsessively clean. However, new research has emerged to demonstrate that household dust contains way more toxins than we thought, with most of them coming from everyday products and cleaning supplies.


Samples of dust from homes in 14 states found that there were sometimes as many as 45 toxic chemicals found in standard dust.

Lead author of the study, Ami Zota of George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, stated:

“Indoor dust is a reservoir for consumer-product chemicals. Many of the times when these chemicals are added to consumer products, they’re not chemically bound to the products. They can migrate out of the product and into the air or dust.” [1]

While this may not come as a shock to many, it is the first time dust from the home has been analyzed in such a comprehensive manner. The study featured researchers from such high profile institutions as Milken Institute School of Public Health, Silent Spring Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program.

Zota says that the study did not examine whether or not the toxins within the dust caused long term health problems, but said the public has a right to be concerned by the new findings.

One chemical, often found in household dust, was the cancer-causing TDCPP. This harmful chemical is found in furniture and baby products and acts as a flame retardant.

Researchers also found highly fluorinated chemicals such as PFOA and PFOS, which can cause issues with the immune, digestive, developmental, and endocrine systems. These chemicals are often found in nonstick products and waterproof and stain-resistant items. They can also be found in pizza boxes and cell phones.

Zota states that you can really make a difference to your exposure to toxins with the following measures:

  • Washing your hands and your children’s hands frequently. Small children often put dust-covered fingers and hands in their mouths.
  • Vacuuming carpets frequently using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter, and wet-mopping hard surfaces.
  • Using online consumer tools to buy safer products, such as furniture without flame retardants or stain guard, or toys that are phthalate-free.
  • Opening windows, to allow fresh-air circulation. [1]

One of the best ways to rid your home of these toxins is by choosing more natural-based products, as well as invest in an air purification system for your home. And here are 7 ways to cleanse your body of toxins!




Private Citizens Taking a Stand To End Corruption In California State Government Over SB277… "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Candyce Estave On July 15, 2016, Thirty Six (36) plaintiffs, all California residents, filed a “Private Attorney General” law suit against Senator Richard Pan, Governor Brown, their spouses, and the other Democrats who voted to force kids to be fully vaccinated to go to school. What they voted for was Senate Bill SB277.  It passed through all … Continue reading Private Citizens Taking a Stand To End Corruption In California State Government Over SB277…

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German Vote: Women Did That Thing Again! "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

German Vote: Women Did That Thing Again!:

“Men were 40% more likely to vote for AfD than women. Despite the party’s two women leaders. This is almost identical to the way the Aryan Princesses Jewed us like kikes in the Austrian election, voting against Hofer.“


Coconut Oil Benefits: The Incredible Power of Coconut Oil "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Ty Bollinger
The Truth About Cancer

In the 1960’s, food manufacturers wanted consumers to buy their margarines and hydrogenated oils. To do that, they had to “discredit” the products people had always used in their homes to prepare their food.

Olive oil, coconut oil, and lard were no longer “good for you,” they said. The marketing campaign for their synthetic products began and coconut oil was portrayed as an artery-clogging and cholesterol-raising substance. People were told that it contained too much saturated fat and contributed to heart attacks.

Flash forward four decades later. In the midst of an obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer explosion, scientists discover that it is not healthy fats found in coconut oil and other natural products that are bad for you.

It is the very goods the food manufacturers had been pushing on their consumers for thirty years. The trans-fats contained in these “fake foods” were incredibly dangerous to your entire body. High fat, high sugar, and high carb diets were put under the microscope and found guilty.
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6 Fascinating Facts About Dreams "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Larry Schwartz

A new survey suggests men and women may dream differently.

There aren’t many things that fascinate, frighten, sadden, intrigue, confuse, or enlighten us more than dreams. While science seems stumped about dreams, artists are inspired, creating countless books, movies, poems, paintings, dances and plays about dreams in an effort to understand more about this mysterious unconscious existence we enter when we sleep.

More than 100 years after Freud wrote The Interpretation of Dreams, we still aren’t exactly sure what a dream really is. Science tells us that our sensory abilities (like vision, hearing, etc.) reside in various areas of the neocortex of our brains, and that during sleep these various areas fire randomly, producing illusions that seem disjointed and enigmatic. (In other words, dream-like.) Freud theorized that dreams were manifestations of our deepest, sometimes darkest desires. Still others have posited that dreams are sort of virtual simulations in which we rehearse threatening situations in case they happen to us in real life (and in fact some dream studies have shown that 70% of dreams involve threats of some kind).

Dreams often draw on our memories, but because long-term memory is associated with another part of the brain, the hippocampus, and the neocortex and the hippocampus don’t communicate well during sleep, our memory dreams are often fragmented and rarely follow a sensible plotline. We also have different kinds of dreams during different stages of sleep. Dreams during early REM sleep (a lighter phase of sleep) tend to incorporate recent memories from our waking hours. Dreams during late-night REM sleep tend toward the strange and fragmented. Non-REM sleep (a deeper sleep) tends to produce shorter but more straightforward dreams.
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This Wikipedia article contains the best history of modern Britain ever written "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The Wikipedia entry about the former home of economist Adam Smith contains both intellectual thoughts on the nature of man and a reference to a Gregg’s breakfast bap promotion.

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“Full Blown Banking Crisis”: World’s Most Powerful Bank Signals Imminent Meltdown in China "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Bank of International Settlements, Image source: Wikipedia

Bank of International Settlements, Image source: Wikipedia

This article was written by Michael Snyder and originally published at his Economic Collapse blog.

Editor’s Comment: The long and short of it is that an unprecedented and historic line of credit was issued in order to stabilize and fuel recovery; but now the price on all that debt is coming due, but coming short. As the musical chairs play out, many people are left out in the rain, and huge sums of money are totaling over the edge into the abyss.

What is happening in China will not be contained. If the footprint of global investment isn’t wrecked by exposure by Western markets, then the pattern will soon draw us into the black hole. Tick, tick, tick. Are you ready for what comes after?

The Bank For International Settlements Warns That A Major Debt Meltdown In China Is Imminent

by Michael Snyder

The pinnacle of the global financial system is warning that conditions are right for a “full-blown banking crisis” in China.  Since the last financial crisis, there has been a credit boom in China that is really unprecedented in world history.  At this point the total value of all outstanding loans in China has hit a grand total of more than 28 trillion dollars.  That is essentially equivalent to the commercial banking systems of the United States and Japan combined.  While it is true that government debt is under control in China, corporate debt is now 171 percent of GDP, and it is only a matter of time before that debt bubble horribly bursts.  The situation in China has already grown so dire that the Bank for International Settlements is sounding the alarm

A key gauge of credit vulnerability is now three times over the danger threshold and has continued to deteriorate, despite pledges by Chinese premier Li Keqiang to wean the economy off debt-driven growth before it is too late.

The Bank for International Settlements warned in its quarterly report that China’s “credit to GDP gap” has reached 30.1, the highest to date and in a different league altogether from any other major country tracked by the institution. It is also significantly higher than the scores in East Asia’s speculative boom on 1997 or in the US subprime bubble before the Lehman crisis.

Studies of earlier banking crises around the world over the last sixty years suggest that any score above ten requires careful monitoring.

If you are not familiar with the Bank for International Settlements, just think of it as the capstone of the worldwide financial pyramid.  It wields enormous global power, and yet it is accountable to nobody.  The following is a summary of how the Bank for International Settlements works that comes from one of my previous articles entitled “...


New Study Finds Meditation Creates A Distinct Network Of Genes (Anti-Aging) & Improves Cellular Health "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Kalee Brown
Collective Evolution

Science is now catching up to the knowledge outlined in the Vedas, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and other ancient texts. For approximately 5,000 years people have been practicing meditation, proving the positive impact it can have on the body and mind. Science has now accepted that meditation can have powerful effects on human health, as more research is exposing these mind-blowing benefits. Some experienced meditators have even been referred to as “superhumans” because of how their practice has affected them (check out our article here). A study recently published in Translational Psychiatry proved just how beneficial meditation can be for human health, as the molecular signature of meditators was found to be significantly different from those who don’t meditate on a regular basis.

How Meditation Can Improve Your Cellular Health

A group of American researchers performed a study on participants at a 5-day retreat offered regularly by Deepak Chopra’s infamous Chopra Center for Wellbeing (Carlsbad, CA, USA) at the vacation resort OMNI La Costa Resort and Spa. Researchers invited women between the ages of 30 and 60 who did not have experience meditating to participate in the study and then divided them into two groups: those who would participate in the retreat (“novice meditators”) and those who would simply stay at the resort (“vacationers”).
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Craftsy Sewing Wallets Class – Free Giveaway! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Sewing Wallets:Step by step. Learn lots of new sewing skills and techniques while sewing 3 fun and interesting wallet projects.

We recently revealed a few behind the scenes shots and sneak peaks of Deby’s upcoming Craftsy class Sewing Wallets: Step By Step.  I’m delighted to tell you that editing is almost completed and the class will be ready to launch soon.  Keep following to hear more about the launch.

Sewing Wallets: Step by Step. Craftsy class with 3 different wallet sewing projects. Even beginners can get great results with these easy patterns and helpful tips.

You’ll get the opportunity to learn:

  • 3 different snaps you can use on your wallets, and how to install them
  • how to sew a zipper pocket without a zipper foot (although you can still use one of course if you are comfortable with it)
  • how to fold and sew pockets for your bank cards
  • about the different types of interfacing that are suitable for wallet making
  • how to sew both fixed and removable wrist straps, and the hardware you’ll need
  • 3 different wallet patterns all based on a similar set of starting elements, the last one being a customizable project
  • tips for neat and accurate top stitching
  • how to keep interfacing from sticking to your iron
  • and more…

Sewing Wallets: Step by step. Learn lots of new sewing skills and techniques while sewing 3 fun and interesting wallet projects.

One lucky reader has a chance to win the class for free and to be among the first to get access on launch day.  To enter, simply click the link below and log in to your Craftsy account.  You’ll be automatically entered and one...


The perils of buying an IPhone 7 from eBay "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Sometimes eBay might be a good place to get a bargain, but it’s also good for getting scammed…

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The Internet Keeps Regurgitating You, and Other News "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Just another day online!

  • On a similar note, Francine Prose responds with aplomb to what I can only describe as Shrivergate (or Literary Sombrerogate?): “It’s not the responsibility of art to make us better people, but some works of art can (if only temporarily) increase our compassion, sympathy, and tolerance … Even if we acknowledge (as Shriver does not) that we live in a society in serious need of repair, it’s still possible to ask whether the protest against cultural appropriation constitutes the most useful and effective form of political activism, whether it addresses our most critical and pressing problems. We could insure that not a single rock star or runway model ever again wears corn rows or dreadlocks—and not remotely change the fact that a black person with the same hairstyle might have trouble finding a job … We could prohibit writers from inventing characters whose backgrounds differ from their own without preventing even one young black man from being shot by the police.” 
  • While we’re feeling bleak: stop me if you’ve heard this before, but I have good reason to believe that the Internet is positively riddled with pornography. It’s true! Look it up. After decades of growth and innumerable controversies, though, the porn industry is still a mystery to most us, and the effects of pornography are hard to pin down—or even to study— without bias. Katrina Forrester writes, “Not only what we consume but how we consume has changed since the porn wars. Porn is abundantly more, in every way: there are more people, more acts, more clips, more categories. It has permeated everyday life, to the point where we talk easily of food porn, disaster porn, war porn, real-estate porn—not because culture has been sexualized, or sex pornified, but because porn’s patterns of excess, fantasy, desire, and shame are so familiar … The consequences of seeing sex before having it are as unclear as those of Facebook’s colonization of our leisure time. Pornography isn’t hermetically sealed from the rest of culture, and today it sits on a continuum with other problems of technology that we don’t yet know how to address.”
  • Of course, it might not be just the porn that makes the Internet...


FBI Director Says He Covers His Webcam — and That You Should Too "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Source - The Antimedia

by Josie Wales, September 17 2016

FBI Director James Comey spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington earlier this week to discuss the importance of cybersecurity. During the discussion, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin asked Comey if he still had his webcam covered with tape, a question referencing previous statements by the director. Comey replied, “Heck yeah, oh, heck yeah.” He continued to encourage the public to do the same thing:
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The 5D Planetary Shift Timeline "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The Fall Equinox 2016 will allow another huge acceleration of ascension energies to blast through the Christic Grids of Mother Earth.

And then the Winter Solstice, the final BLAST of cosmic light energy coming from the Collective Consciousness of the Elohim Guardians, including the alliance of the cosmos.

When this great explosion of divine light flows throughout the planet, Everything Will Change!

* This Fall will bring the first stage of the planetary shift; the opening of Ascension portals that will allow all the Star gates to activate.

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Australian man proves that dreams can come true after he patents the “hamdog” "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

A man in Australia has successfully patented, and started selling, the Hamdog – a combination of a hotdog and a burger in one bun, reports the BBC.

Mark Murray first appeared on Shark Tank – the Australian equivalent of Dragon’s Den – where he pitched the idea to potential investors. The judges turned him down for funding, but he has since successfully secured a US patent for the “combination hamburger hot dog bread bun” in 2009.

He now sells them at markets and events in Perth and says the response has been “incredible”.

He told the NZ Herald: “We launched our marquee two months ago and we had people come from everywhere just to experience the Hamdog. At one stage the crew were knocking out about one every 15 seconds.”

Not everyone is a fan though…

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Framing Cindy Sherman Against a Hollywood Backdrop "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #512, 2010/2011, chromogenic color print © Cindy Sherman, courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures

Cindy Sherman, “Untitled #512” (2010–11), chromogenic color print (© Cindy Sherman, courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures)

LOS ANGELES — I have not always been an unalloyed fan of Cindy Sherman. I came to know her work through the Untitled Film Stills, black-and-white images in which she made and remade her own appearance in order to play with Hollywood tropes of female representation. It was the 1970s, a moment when groups of women artists (whether they called themselves feminists or not) and academics were beginning to use a feminist analysis of film culture to theorize about gender representation and its political consequences. A plethora of these new ideas seemed to coalesce in Sherman’s modestly scaled, 8-by-10-inch Untitled Film Stills. This distillation was recognized immediately by feminists, curators, and critics and has made that early body of work a favorite among many, including myself. For Sherman, it was the beginning of a long career examining artifice and masquerade in the construction of female identity as mediated by film and advertising.

When an artist gets a lot of attention early in her career, the work that follows is carefully scrutinized; the most important question becomes what to do next. After the Film Stills, Sherman moved into color photography, working on a larger scale and eventually veering toward the grotesque, with photographs of dismembered mannequins and creepy clowns. The work referred less specifically to Hollywood, and I found that I became less engaged. The images looked somewhat generic and free-floating, which made them feel slightly arbitrary. In retrospect, the lack of an immediate target may have seemed more egregious at a time when the feminist critique of media felt so new and urgent.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #47, 1979, gelatin silver print, 8x10 inches. The Broad Art Foundation, courtesy of the artist and Metro PIctures.

Cindy Sherman, “Untitled Film Still #47” (1979), gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches, the Broad Art Foundation (courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures)

In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) mounted a survey of Sherman’s work. The show seemed somehow underwhelming — I remembered every body of work and knew roughly when it had been made, but the exhibition as a whole never cohered, and I wasn’t sure why. The answer cam...


Raw Craft with Anthony Bourdain Is Back! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

glowfaceElizabeth Brim is the focus of the latest episode from Anthony Bourdain's "Raw Craft" series, and this blacksmith is a delight.

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Lisk, Steemit, Agentic UK on Why Banks Want Own Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Do banks really need to be considering their own currencies when there are so many already in the market? Cointelegraph asked top industry experts from Agentic UK, Lisk and Steemit about their opinion


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You can buy two locks of Marilyn Monroe’s hair. Seriously. "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Few actors have come to symbolize glamor qua glamor for generations like Marilyn Monroe. Her icon status is unassailable, and was already pretty much cemented during her lifetime—basically a female Elvis; her pop culture penetration is such that one needn’t have even seen any of her movies to have her most...


5 Steps To Buy Boots That Fit "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Ever wonder how to buy boots with a good fit? Whether you’re buying boots for hiking, on the job, or working around the home, it is important to know how to find the best fit. Here are five simple ways to know that your boots fit right…   A proper fit is when the boot […]


Move over Jesus: Face of Charles Darwin spotted in patient’s eye scan "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Tired of all those Jesus sightings in things like Cheetos, rusty drainpipes or even a dog’s butt? Well here’s an apparition for the other side: Charles Darwin was found in a patient’s eye scan. Clearly it’s...


Video: Man Saves Miracle Kitten on Busy Russian Highway "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A Russian surveillance system recently released harrowing footage of a tiny kitten crossing a busy highway and dodging traffic for several minutes before being scooped up by a benevolent stranger.

The kitten, who comes from Kaliningrad, Russia, was shown on camera attempting to cross a busy highway. He was miraculously able to dodge traffic for three and a half minutes in a breath-taking video. After several near misses in which drivers swerve around him or drive over him so they don’t injure him, a man stops and puts on his hazard lights. [1]

The unidentified man stops to check on the health of the kitten, assessing whether or not it is injured. When it seems to be fine, against all odds, he scoops him up and drives off with him. The man, however, remains unknown as does the whereabouts of the kitten itself.

Read: The Music Tracks Made JUST For Cats — Take a Listen

The whole ordeal was caught on camera, thanks to Kaliningrad’s “Safe City” initiative that has placed video surveillance around the town. [2]

And while the man remains anonymous, many people on the European social media site, VK, took the time to thank him for his efforts underneath postings of the viral video.

Hopefully the kitten was driven away to a new life.


[1] People

[2] Washington Post

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A Nottingham pub is taking the piss with a Donald Trump urinal "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

With feelings about the American presidential election running high on both sides of the Atlantic, one pub in Nottingham has firmly nailed its colours to the mast with a banner photograph of presidential hopeful Donald Trump along the back of its urinal.  

Manager of the Raglan Road pub, Ruth Beraki, says the regulars have found it highly entertaining.


But it turns out that this sort of political commentary isn’t as original as you’d think.  During the campaign prior to the Brexit referendum, a French branch of the hostel Bed & Bars displayed these for their punters’ amusement.


Source: Snifter

Who knows?  Perhaps this could be the writing on the wall.  The very shaky, wet writing!

Source: Nottingham Post

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Bitcoin Suisse Founder: European Banks Will Soon Offer Bitcoin Wallets "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Suisse founder, Niklas Nikolajsen, has said that European bank accounts will eventually be offering bitcoin wallets. In an interview with at the Fintech Conference Finance 2.0, Nikolajsen explained that while European banks will soon be providing bitcoin wallets he didn’t specify which banks these would be, only that it would ‘not be an […]

The post Bitcoin Suisse Founder: European Banks Will Soon Offer Bitcoin Wallets appeared first on CCN: Financial Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News.


Two Germans Arrested For Selling Weapons On The Dark Web "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A 25-year-old and a 28-year-old were arrested for allegedly selling lethal weapons on the dark web. According to the law enforcement authorities, one of them was a toolmaker who rebuilt non-lethal firearms, while the 28-year-old provided funds for the equipment and the material.

The two men from Stuttgart sold rebuilt lethal pistols and AK-47s originated from the former Yugoslavia and China. The latter firearms are considered as “weapons of war”. The duo also sold ammunition to the weapons they advertised. The two men were also charged with money laundering.

The alleged gun vendors were arrested shortly after the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks in 2015. During the house search of the 25-year-old, police found 16 firearms. Prosecutors say he allegedly sold weapons to an address in Paris. However, there is no evidence saying that any of the firearms sold by the duo were used in the attacks or even arrived at the French capital.

The November 13 terror attacks in Paris created some confusion regarding the dark net. Soon after the attacks, the Bild claimed that the terrorists purchased the weapons from a German dark web vendor. However, this allegation has not been proved.

The Paris terror attack made the Europol to conduct an investigation of the whole case. According to them, the Islamic State do not use Bitcoins and the dark net for their operations since they already have a better and safer option on social media platforms and on messaging services.

“The internet and social media are used for communication and the acquisition of goods (weapons, fake IDs) and services, made relatively safe for terrorists with the availability of secure and inherently encrypted appliances, such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber. On Facebook, VKA and Twitter they join closed and hidden groups that can be accessed by invitation only, and use coded language,” the report said.

The 25-year-old and the 28-year-old men are standing before court awaiting their trial. They can face heavy charges and several years in prison for violating the Arms Act and the War Weapons Control Act.

In July, the Heidelberg District Court had already sentenced a 32-year-old to five years and six months since arms trade on the dark net. He used the vendor name “Dosensuppe”. Christian L. sold guns to many customers, including a “21-year-old man from Britain who plotted to use a sub machine gun to commit murder, a right wing radical that was previously responsible for a bomb attack, and a man who was seen posing in front of an Islamist flag with a Russian AK-47”.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) has already raised its concerns over dark net weapon sales and said stopping the trade “will be a great challenge for us all”.

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Monero Wallet Security Threat Fixed with the Latest Hotfix "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Owing to its additional privacy and security features, Monero is notably giving Bitcoin a tough competition as a darknet currency. However, a recent security alert has indicated that even though Monero transactions are safe and secure, the wallets aren’t. MWR Labs, a cybersecurity company, had released an advisory earlier this month stating the presence of a … Continue reading Monero Wallet Security Threat Fixed with the Latest Hotfix

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This Commodore 64 Emulator Comes in a Tiny Package "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

StaringLizard’s MEMWA2 is a tiny Commodore 64 emulator and features a custom PCB, a STMicroelectronics MCU, Alliance Memory DRAM and Analog Devices HDMI transmitterThe MEMWA2 c64 Emulator isn't perfect, but it could be the smallest commodore 64 emulator in the world.

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Running or hiding from terrorists ‘still the best option’ confirms Government "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

The Government is to re-run its helpful ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ initiative in the wake of recent terror incidents in the US.

The campaign suggests people should run away or hide in the event of a Paris-style terrorist attack, rather than assume the brace position or start a conga.

Launched last year, the advice followed extensive research that showed people who actively try to avoid gun-toting indiscriminate killers stand a better chance of survival than those who jog on the spot or approach them slowly with a flapjack.

“If a deranged man with an automatic weapon is shooting people at random all around you, there’s a chance you could be in danger,” said UK Head of Counter Terrorism, Nick Ferguson, with no sense of irony whatsoever.

“That might not be obvious to everyone, so we’re repeating our ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ advice for the millions of people who haven’t considered any of those three options in the event of an attack.”

The campaign includes a video entitled: ‘Stay Safe – Firearms and Weapons Attack’ to fully explain what the terms ‘running’ and ‘hiding’ mean.

Matt Ward


Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" hits Kyushu with record-breaking rain, heading toward Tokyo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" has made landfall over Kyushu, Japan on September 19, 2016, dumping record-breaking rain and causing widespread disruption. Heavy flooding was reported and dozens of flights were canceled. Around 7 000 homes have already suffered...... Read more »

G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm conditions observed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

During the past 24 hours, solar wind parameters transitioned from near background conditions to an enhanced state, causing G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming on Earth. This was most likely caused by the onset of co-rotating interaction region (CIR) ahead of a negative...... Read more »

Voluntary certification standards have far to go, say experts "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]n expert assessment of a globally popular alternative to regulation - voluntary certification standards systems - has found that results are not always effective. Of the increasing number of voluntary certification standards (VCS) for materials in forestry, palm oil, and fisheries, many are proving ineffective at achieving comprehensive protection and conservation of biodiversity. Scientists with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explored why the effectiveness of VCS systems are getting such mixed reviews. In a collected publication of 10 peer-reviewed papers, “Policy Matters: Certification and biodiversity – How voluntary certification standards impact biodiversity and human livelihoods”, the scientists investigated the impact of VCS in protecting biodiversity and people dependent on nature. Compiled from authors with expertise in the certification field, Policy Matters was released on Sept. 4 during the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The congress is held once every four years. “After decades of developing certification schemes to protect the environment and ensure better conditions for producers, these standards still lack a comprehensive framework that takes account of biodiversity and the cultural diversity of the people who most depend on these resources,” said Diana Shand, co-coordinator of the Policy Matters editorial team in a statement. Shand also chairs the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)’s Theme on Social and Accountability of the Private Sector. The study was led by Pavel Castka, a CEESP member from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Danna Leaman, a member of the Plant Conservation Sub-Committee of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and…

Leonardo diCaprio launches global campaign to protect sharks and rays "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On September 15, Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo diCaprio launched a new campaign for sharks and rays at the third annual Our Ocean conference in Washington, D.C. The Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays (GPSR) is collaborative effort supported by the Leonardo diCaprio Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and Oceans 5. The partnership, formed early this year, aims to “halt the global overexploitation of sharks and rays, prevent species extinction, and restore shark and ray populations worldwide.” “We join together to develop a global strategy to stop the slaughter of sharks and rays and to ramp up resources to change the tide for these incredible and important species,” diCaprio said at the launch.   Researchers have estimated that between 63 to 273 million sharks are killed every year for their fin, liver oil, cartilage, leather, meat, and ray gill plates. Such aggressive overfishing is causing the rapid decline of several species of sharks and rays. In fact, one in four sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, a study found in 2014. Populations of the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus), for example, have declined by 98 percent in some areas over the last 30 years. Similarly, the once-abundant common skate or blue skate (Dipturus batis) is now listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. To protect the world’s sharks and rays, the GPSR fund plans to focus on regions which have the highest shark and ray…


Institutions Turn Inside Out: Backend Systems Revolution via Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The new model for backend organization of web-scale transaction networks.


from CoinTelegraph.Com News


Western Digital announces the first 1Terabyte SD card! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The crazy Megapixel race on cameras will never be over. And so it comes that today we got our very first 1 Terabyte SD card! This is the press release: COLOGNE, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PHOTOKINA – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a…

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Hillary Caught Using Green Screen to Fake Audience ... AGAIN (Staged Speech) "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

(Stillness in the Storm Editor) There are now two Hillary Clinton appearances that are suspected of being staged. The first was several weeks ago on the 25th of August in Reno Nevada. And now a second appearance from a few days ago in New Mexico has all the same hallmarks. 

In the following there are two videos that break down the events, in a sensational YouTuber fashion. Setting aside the sensationalism the evidence is fairly compelling. In both speaking events, audience members hold up cell phones to capture video of Clinton's speech, revealing to the camera an absent Hillary, along with other evidence suggesting she wasn't actually there.

In addition, the theory that a body double replaced Clinton is gaining traction. After her collapse during the 9/11 memorial, an obvious body double was used. In another appearance, analysts suggest that a second body double was used. 
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Illuminate a Dog Collar with LEDs "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

DogCollar_44Does the sweet pupper or lovable doggo in your life need a light-up collar? Sure, why not.

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Miliband asks for ten years to fix Manchester United "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Time's upIn a bold statement of intent, the Labour Leader Ed Miliband has set out a ten-year plan to reverse the damage done by successive managers at Old Trafford. Whilst many of his critics suggested that a decent centre half and holding midfielder would be sufficient, a Labour spokesman insisted it would take a long-term economic plan to improve results, clone Ryan Giggs and change the word ‘United’ to ‘City’ on the stationery.

Many in Westminster think Miliband should be more focused on national issues but Labour supporters have said solving the crisis at Old Trafford was a more pressing concern. One Shadow Cabinet member commented: ‘With Chelsea resurgent and Arsenal looking more balanced, Ed can’t afford to be complacent. Yes, we have a battling midfield presence like Ed Balls, but we’ve also got Ed Balls as a potential Chancellor of the Exchequer. Frankly I’d rather leave him on the pitch, he’ll cause less damage there.’

Unveiling his vision of the future, Miliband’s spokesman made it very clear that it was ‘jam tomorrow, if by tomorrow you mean 3,650 days later’. However, many commentators are curious as to why Miliband needs such an inordinate amount of time to do his job properly.

A spokesman explained: ‘Ed’s not the fastest learner. He sees himself more as the Special Needs Prime Minister – deserving all the opportunities as any normal Prime Minister, but just with 25% extra time in exams.’ By contrast the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has claimed that should he become PM he will require only half the usual time to screw things up.

Louis Van Gaal has already given a cautious welcome to the offer of six national goals, but said it would make no difference if Miliband continued to ship more own goals. In other promises, meanwhile, Miliband has offered to sort out your plumbing, resolve the problems in the Middle East and combat the causes of ennui within a ten-year window.

However, fixing United will definitely be his primary electioneering issue. A spokesman said: ‘Ed knows what it can be like being Phil Neville, living in the shadow of a more talented brother. Equally he knows more than most how hard it is to follow a pugnacious Scot, who hangs on to power one season too long.’


Nasdaq Veteran Joins Ethereum Foundation as Security Lead "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Nasdaq information security specialist Martin Holst Swende has officially joined the Ethereum Foundation as its full-time security lead.


from CoinDesk


Hear 75 Free, Classic Audio Books on Spotify: Austen, Joyce, Bukowski, Kafka, Vonnegut, Poe, Kerouac & More "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Here’s a little known tip. If you open Spotify, click “Browse” (in the left hand nav), then scroll way down to “Spoken Word,” you will find a number of free audiobook collections–readings by Sylvia PlathLangston Hughes, and Dylan Thomas; old time crime and sci-fi dramas; a big H.P. Lovecraft compendium and more. But that way of navigating things really only scratches the surface of what Spotify has to offer.

If you rummage around enough, you’ll find many quality recordings–everything from Christopher Lee reading Dracula and Frankenstein, to Kurt Vonnegut reading four of his novels, to a 68-hour playlist of Shakespeare’s plays being performed by legendary actors. We’ve found 75+ recordings in recent months and gradually added them to our collection, 700 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free. But they seemed worth highlighting and calling to your attention here.

If you need Spotify’s free software, download it here. And if you find any other gems, please list them in the comments below and we’ll add them to our list.

  • Austen, JanePride and Prejudice Spotify
  • Beckett, SamuelWaiting for Godot (Theatrical performance with Bert Lahr) – Spotify
  • Bukowski, Charles – 4 Hours of Bukowski Readings – Spotify
  • Bukowski, CharlesHostageSpotify
  • Bukowski, CharlesMaster Collection Spotify
  • Burroughs, William S.Call Me Burroughs (his first spoken word album) –...


Why Do You Sew? Elizabeth’s Story… "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Whenever liZ and I go anywhere to teach a class we always begin with a little introduction of who we are and why we sew.  And while those stories are really extreme opposites, I still love the fact that sewing and creating is an underlying theme. And since most of us will never meet in...

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Nasdaq Veteran Joins Ethereum Foundation as Security Lead "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Nasdaq information security specialist Martin Holst Swende has officially joined the Ethereum Foundation as its full-time security lead.



Belgian Minor First to Be Given Euthanasia Rights "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A terminally-ill 17-year-old in Belgium has been granted the right to an assisted suicide. The federal commission on euthanasia stated that the unnamed minor was suffering from severe and unbearable pain before granting them the right to end his/her life. This is the first minor to be granted permission since the government decided that age restriction was no longer relevant for assisted euthanasia. The death of the minor was confirmed on Saturday.

In order for the minor to go ahead with the decision, the teenager’s parents had to grant permission.

Belgium is the only European country that allows minors to participate in assisted suicide, though Holland will technically allow children as young as 12 to participate.

Liberal Senator Jean-Jacques De Gucht said of the assisted euthanasia:

“It’s terrible when a youngster suffers, but it gives me some comfort to know that now there is a choice out there for children in the final terminal stage. It’s important that society doesn’t neglect people in such pain.” [1]

Belgium approved assisted suicide in 2002 for those in a “hopeless medical situation” and with their full consent. In 2014, the rules were amended to allow for minors to also receive doctor-assisted suicide.

Related: Could Being Hospitalized with an Infection Lead to Higher Suicide Risk? 

In order for a minor to take part in the program, which typically involves a doctor giving the ill person a lethal dose of barbiturates, they must meet very strict criteria. The case is reviewed by a team of medical professionals, including psychiatrists and psychologists.

According to Reuters, the law states, that the minor must be in a “terminal medical situation with constant and unbearable physical pain which cannot be assuaged and that will cause death in the short term.”

The rate of assisted suicide has risen since its introduction, accounting for 4.6% of all deaths in Belgium in 2013.

While lawmakers support the bill, there are many who do not. In 2014, a group of medical professionals signed a letter stating that they did not agree with the law and that people under 18 were not qualified to make a decision about ending their own lives.

The law has also faced opposition from the Catholic Church.


[1] Yahoo News

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In5D Alternative News for September 20, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Welcome to in5d News, your source for Alternative News related to POSITIVE change in our society. Alternative news is the REAL news that is not being reported on the main stream media (MSM). It also reveals the propaganda that IS being reported by the MSM. If you’ve noticed, the main stream media promotes violence, fear […]


Oregon: Nedsbar Timber Sale in the Applegate Valley Has Been Tree Spiked "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from It’s Going Down

IMG_20160908_134510“The Nedsbar timber sale in the southern Oregon Applegate Valley has been tree spiked.

The BLM’s decision to go forward with this project is unacceptable, any company who bids on the logging of these trees should also consider itself a possible target of sabotage.

For those opposed to the Nedsbar timber sale we would like to remind you that known green scare snitch Suzanne Savoie and her almost equally untrustworthy partner Luke Ruediger are active in groups opposing nedsbar, anyone serious about challenging the current state of ecological devastation would be wise to exclude them from their lives and especially environmental organizing.

Rather than begging for concessions from, or trying to use the institutions that perpetuate the current state of affairs how about working in small leaderless groups and taking direct action in anyway you see fit?

some Anarchists


Maker Spotlight: Chris Clark "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 4.47.13 PMChris Clark built Shaper Studios out of his love for surfing and crafting custom surfboards. Meet him next month at Maker Faire San Diego!

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Anica of The League of Light: 'Fearlessness of the Demonic' "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Dear ones, this is Anica speaking with you today. I come from far away in time and space to meet with you now. Wherever we are, together in this moment, we are meeting.

In this moment, I have one thing to bring to your attention, as the days are grinding into a new form in which time will take less of a battering from the activity in your world and will become more of a conduit through which you will pass from chaos into a new world, one that is without the structures and limitations, the clouds and the darkness that have overshadowed with greater increasing presence on your psyche in the past lifetimes, as you have known it.

Where are you going now, people of Earth? 

You are on your way already, and you have made decisions that have employed various methods of expression, physical, quite audible whispers from your soul into a night that seems empty but for some bit of an ear to hear you… your wishes. Know that you are heard, even in your silence.

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One People Round Table 20 Sept 2016- Distractions, Disinfo, Co-Opting, Alternative Media and more "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This week opened up with a question, and the response from the live audience was a little bit overwhelming!!  Dani created a poll to expand on the original question and try and get a broader spectrum response.  The poll is available below, please take 2 minutes and answer 4 questions.

Distraction seems to be the order of the day,  Or year !  and of course what is it that “they” are distracting us from?  Has the “Alternative Media” become largely co-opted, to be used as a tool of distraction and disinformation?  There seems to be blood in the water and a feeding frenzy within the this area, with an almost kill or be killed attitude that is very quickly escalating the destruction the Alternative Media….

…. One would almost think that it’s deliberate, eh?

We also covered world services, the papal decree of 2013, Bombs-Arches-UN Meeting, Cynthia the synthetic bacteria and the etymology of the toto effect.

Click here for the chatroom pdf


WIPP nuclear waste accident will cost US taxpayers $2 billion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The clean-up after the February 2014 explosion at the world's only deep underground repository for nuclear waste in New Mexico, USA, is massively over budget, writes Jim Green - and full operations won't resume until at least 2021. The fundamental cause of the problems: high level radioactive waste, poor regulation, rigid deadlines and corporate profit make a dangerous mix.


Bitcoin is Money, Rules U.S. Judge in Case "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The criminal case that sees Anthony Murgio – a Florida man charged with operating an illegal (unlicensed) bitcoin exchange – saw the presiding US federal judge reject a bid from Murgio’s defense that bitcoin did not classify as “funds”, which would deem it exempt from applicable federal laws. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan […]

The post Bitcoin is Money, Rules U.S. Judge in Case appeared first on CCN: Financial Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News.


Ethereum (ETH and ETC) Price Trends (Week of September 19th) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ethereum’s price is fortifying at the upper limit of a 2-months long stagnation. The probability of growth is rising. Will a new long-term upward trend form?


from CoinTelegraph.Com News


BitConnect Driven to Become Top 100k Site: New Features Added for Fall 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

September 20, 2016 – We here at want to thank all of our rabid fans, particularly in newer Bitcoin regions like Japan, India, and Brazil, for making us one of the world’s fastest growing Bitcoin communities. As recently as May of this year, we were not even in the top one million sites online, … Continue reading BitConnect Driven to Become Top 100k Site: New Features Added for Fall 2016

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ArtRx NYC "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Marela Zacarías, “Mannahatta” (detail, 2016) (photo by Elisa Wouk Almino/Hyperallergic)

This week, learn about Ad Reinhardt’s travel slides, consider sound as public space, watch 3D-printed boats race in Red Hook, and much more.

 Distill Like It’s 1799

When: Tuesday, September 20, 7–9pm
Where: Old Stone House of Brooklyn (336 Third Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Have you ever longed to see a demonstration of early American baking and whiskey distillation techniques? No? Why not?? Well, tonight’s your chance, anyway, thanks to the Aaron Burr Society, aka artist Jim Costanzo, who will use a hearth and a copper still while offering “radical revelations” about economics and freedom of speech. Samples will be available, but brace yourself: from what I’ve heard, whiskey distilled by early American methods is not for the faint of heart.

Chloë Bass, “Gather the house around the table” (2016) (via (click to enlarge)

 Sharing a Poetic Meal

When: Wednesday, September 21, 6:30pm
Where: James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)

Artist (and Hyperallergic contributor) Chloë Bass makes work about the ways that people interact in public space, refocusing our attention on the decisions we make and the motions we perform without even noticing them. As part of an exhibition celebrating Alison Knowles’s early computer-generated poem “The House of Dust,” Bass has created “a line of domestic materials” that she’ll use throughout the run of the show. On Wednesday night, visitors will be i...


no wait, loss.jpg. i’d be fucking giddy if tim buckly’s legacy was that neo nazis adopted his stupid... "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

no wait, loss.jpg. i’d be fucking giddy if tim buckly’s legacy was that neo nazis adopted his stupid comic characters


An Unorthodox Solution To The World’s Economic Problems "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Authored by Frank Hollenbeck via,

We currently face a monumental dilemma. How do we extract ourselves from all this excessive debt without crashing the world economy? There is a solution which is totally counterintuitive: print even more money. In other words, to get out of the deep, deep hole we are in, dig even deeper.

It is called the Chicago plan. With a stroke of a pen, money would be substituted for debt, without the negative consequences of printing money. Banking would be restructured so that it never again leads to boom and bust cycles, and most debt, public and private, could be cancelled.  It’s basically a “one time” get out of jail card for the world economy.

Back then, economists realized that it was the rapid expansion and contraction of credit, not driven by fundamentals of the real economy, which created most booms and busts. This is because banks can make a loan and then finance it out of thin air, through the fractional reserve banking system- something no other business can do. Of course, central banks adding unnecessary liquidity aggravated the problem and made the boom and bust cycles worse.

An essential feature of all the different Chicago plans is that it would require banks to hold 100% reserves against deposits.

Currently, banks in the U.S. normally are required to hold between 0 and 10 percent reserves against deposits. According to the Chicago plan, banks would be required to exchange their assets for enough money to bring their reserves up to 100%. It is basically an asset swap, with the government exchanging cash for almost all the banks private and public debt. This new money in the banking system just sits there since banks have a new 100% reserve requirement, so there are no inflationary consequences of all this new printing.  An IMF paper on the Chicago plan estimates that government could cancel the entire government debt held by banks and over $15 trillion of private debt!

Irvin Fisher, a Yale economist whom Milton Friedman called America’s greatest economist, said that the plan would greatly reduce the severity of business cycles, probably eliminating booms and busts. Bank runs would be impossible, making deposit insurance unnecessary, and it would greatly reduce the amount of public and private debt.

The IMF paper using state of the art economic modeling concluded that Dr. Fisher was right, and that the plan would be even more beneficial. Real GDP growth would initially surge by 10% resulting from the elimination of many distortions.

Many Austrians would normally cringe at such a plan since it implies massive government intervention and the strengthening, although temporarily, of government influence on the economy. This, however, can be viewed as one of the few legitimate roles for governments: enforcing property rights. Fractional reserve banking is fraud (see here and here) since it generates multiple claims to the same real resources or goods and services. The Chicago plan would simply be taking ill-gotten gains away from the counterfeiters.



Synereo Launches Fundraising Campaign after Destroying Holdings worth $146m "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Decentralised social network Synereo yesterday announced the launch of its second fundraising campaign, in which it plans to sell a limited amount of company’s equities and native cryptocurrency AMP to general public. The campaign means to compensate for 50% of Synereo’s AMP holdings that were recently destroyed following a strategic decision. The Tel Aviv-based blockchain … Continue reading Synereo Launches Fundraising Campaign after Destroying Holdings worth $146m

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About Ben Fulford’s notes on the North Carolina Hillary video… “Lots of Video Discrepancies to see here, folks!” "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


00:01 Cell phone shows no flags


00:07 Cell phone shows no Hillary (even though she’s right in front of it)

[Kp note: all of the images are essentially full size. And I am not “making fun” of Hillary in this… just pointing out the video discrepancies.]

I looked at the video Ben Fulford made a note of in his latest post (Kp blog link) (go to the end of this post to view Ben’s statement on this). Talk about discrepancies! Something’s going on here.

Upper left and right show cell phone screens that do not have either flags or Hillary, even though they are directly in front of the cell phones.

Below are several examples of “Hillary wash out”. Note that only Hillary “washes out”, not the red and white stripes behind her. My presumption is that the Hillary part of this video was made separately from the background and the people in front (namely, the ones with cell cameras). Use of green screens? And some of those video manipulating things?

I’m not a video manipulation expert. But I am somewhat skilled in stopping and starting YouTube videos, and using the snipping tool. So I lay these out there for your evaluation (and enjoyment?)… in order of appearance (video times are included in the video snips).




An oddly satisfying compilation of objects melting "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

A strangely soothing compilation of various objects including a clock, toothbrush and a rubber duck being melted in closeup.

The post An oddly satisfying compilation of objects melting appeared first on The Poke.


What's in a name? To control China's wildlife trade, law must keep up with science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With the conference of the CITES convention limiting international trade in endangered species taking place in South Africa this weekend, Chris Newman & Zhaomin Zhou highlight China's problem of out-of-date species names in its national laws. If they are not updated, it's only a matter of time before illegal wildlife traders escape conviction under under this legal loophole.


The Universal Consciousness "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

In the Eskimo/Inuit language of cold, wintry Alaska there are dozens of words for “snow” - Dozens of words with intricacies and connotations well-known and understood by them, but typically unnoticed and misunderstood by others.

Similarly, in the Sanskrit language of ancient, spiritual India there are approximately a dozen different words for “consciousness” – a dozen clearly delineated words with subtle nuances which in English we can only loosely, clumsily call “consciousness.”

“For every psychological term in English there are four in Greek and forty in Sanskrit.” - A. K. Coomaraswamy

So what exactly is consciousness? When western doctors say someone is conscious or unconscious they really just mean “awake” or “asleep.” The patient is called unconscious under anesthetics and conscious when awakened.

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Why Are There So Many Cancers Now? "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

This is an “anthology” of sorts about the etiology of the current cancer epidemic-pandemic.

C-A-N-C-E-R is the word that strikes horror in the hearts and minds of every human alive. However, that always was not the case. I’m old enough to remember when cancer was a rather ‘rare’ disease or condition. Furthermore, I know medical doctors a little older than my ‘vintage’ who say that when they were in medical school, they were not taught very much about cancer, so much so, that when a cancer patient was in one of the wards in a teaching hospital, the entire class of physicians-in-training was trotted in to see that patient. How interesting?

Personally, I’m of the belief that there is not very much new under the sun EXCEPT what’s being designed and created by genetic modification and geoengineering. Cancer, undoubtedly, has been around in some form probably since very ancient times. However, the current ‘plague of cancers’, even though not an anomaly since just about everyone and his or her brother has or had it, became ‘profitable’ during the latter half of the twentieth century.
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Making Sense of God’s ‘Perfect Plan’ "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

There was no god and there was no plan; there were only superstitious men. Now, that conclusion makes perfect sense.


Because One Day, we’ll be Whole Again. {Poem} "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The days are not the same anymore. The morning light is different, the smell in the room is not the same, there’s silence now.


Tutorial - How to Decorate an Old Vase with Twine "IndyWatch Feed Craft"
Recycle a boring vase with jute twine

Tutorial at Nifty Sheep Blog

"Do you have an old boring vase that you no longer use but still hesitate to get rid of? The best part about this easy tutorial is that you can simply turn even stained, broken and glued together again (my case) vases into beautiful new ones.  It doesn't necessarily have to be a vase that you are decorating. I've also decorated some old olive oil bottle and it turned out beautiful as well".... Read more


Alien Abduction Phenomenon is Kept Secret Because It’s Part of a Secret Program "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

People who have been abducted by aliens may not remember what happened to them. Tells the American historian and retired professor from Temple University Dr. David Jacobs to Earth Mystery News.

Jacobs has beside his interest in American history and culture, a great fascination for alien abductions. He wrote several books on the phenomenon.

In 1973 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wrote his thesis on unidentified flying objects in America.

The work, entitled The UFO Controversy in America was published two years later by Indiana University Press and was quickly sold out, which is very unusual for a thesis.

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The Refashioners 2016 – Your Makes – Vol II "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Welcome to Vol II of your makes. And maaaan! They just keep coming! So SO good. As a reminder (or a kick up the backside if you prefer it that way) there are 10 days left until the deadline! (30th September. Midnight. BST/UK) So if you want to enter to be in with a chance of winning that amazing prize, then get moving! I’d also like to clarify that not appearing in one of these round ups does NOT mean your entry is out of the running. It simply means that I couldn’t use your images for reasons of size/resolution/quality etc. So make sure there are plenty of large size images knocking around for me to use. Either on one of the sharing groups (detailed below) or on your blog. Because I want to share as many as possible on here!

So…what’s been coming in? Wellllll…….The Refashioners 2016 - Your Makes - Vol 2

Big love for this fab sweatshirt from Selmin of Tweed & Greet. The subtle little sashiko detail is so perfect!

The Refashioners 2016 - Your Makes - Vol 2

Although I don’t wear dresses, I could be tempted by this. Right up my style strata!  If I wore dresses then this dress by Stitch Remedy would be in my wardrobe for sure. Love it.

The Refashioners 2016 - Your Makes - Vol 2

Vicki’s briliantly executed refashion has yielded a supremely wearable wardrobe staple. More deets and images in her facebook post here.

The Refashioners 2016 - Your Makes - Vol 2

What a difference some dye makes!  Looks like 2 completely different jackets right. Also intrigued by the back yoke of Linda’s jacket. Are those the original...


The “Viral” KENZO World Ad Actually Celebrates Illuminati Mind Control "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by The Vigilant Citizen

Directed by industry veteran Spike Jonze, the new KENZO World ad is loaded with Illuminati mind control symbolism and ends with a weird tribute to the All Seeing Eye. Are they selling a perfume … or celebrating the occult elite’s system?

Ranking up millions of views in a couple of weeks, the Spike Jonze-directed KENZO ad quickly reached “viral” status and received widespread praise in mass media. Lauded for its “super cool” choreography, the ad features Margaret Qualley engaging into what appears to be a mix of dancing, having a seizure and being possessed by a demon – all at the same time. The four-minutes long ad ends with a scene that makes one say: “They’re really putting their Illuminati symbolism right in our faces, aren’t they?”. Yet most people still do not see it.


This French brand has always had a strong penchant for using Monarch mind control symbolism in their advertising campaigns. Here are some examples.
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The Most Mysterious Island On The Planet Is Home to People Untouched by Modern Civilization "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal near India is about as different as the Island of Manhattan as possible, though it is approximately the same size. While the inhabitants of Manhattan’s most densely populated city, New York, scurry from a taxi cab to their jobs as office clerks, janitors, secretaries, cashiers, and nannies for the financial elite, a mysterious tribe of Sentinalese people live within a 3-mile exclusion zone to prevent anyone from getting close enough to see how they live.


While New York City is crawling with people, it is thought that a tsunami wiped out most of the Sentinalese, and that there are a mere 50-400 people of this secretive tribe remaining. The inhabitants of North Sentinel are so protective of their way of life, that any attempt to study or contact them is met with fierce violence. They refuse to be integrated into the modern way of life.

One of the earliest accounts of outside contact with the island, in 1896, reveals that an Indian convict escaped prison and washed up on the island’s shores. He was found just a few weeks later with his throat cut and arrows protruding through his head.

In the 1980s a shipwreck occurred on the island. The Sentinalese tried to invade the ship to take its cargo, and many were killed by the men aboard.

Most recently, two people were killed when they were illegally fishing for crabs, and their boat drifted onto the island overnight. When a helicopter attempted to retrieve the bodies of the fishermen, the helicopter was shot down with arrows.

Only one Indian anthropologist has been able to contact them and reportedly spent 24 years trying to gain their trust with bribes of coconuts and iron bits in order to learn how they live. All he was able to discern is that they are likely not cannabilstic, as previously assumed, with few other details filling in the gaps.

It was discovered, that they know how to use fire, but hide it jealously, because they don’t know how to make it. Their arrows are forged from iron taken from shipwrecks, and they are consummate marksmen.

They smear their deep ebony-toned skin with white or ochre as a form of art. It is also thought that their songs contain only two notes and that they can only count to two. Anything above this number they simply call, “many.”

They have no community structure, with no ‘chiefs,’ and no ‘witch doctors.’

Because the Sentinalese have shot arrows and thrown rocks at almost any plane that tries to land there, even if delivering food or other ‘aid,’ the government has banned travel and allows the tribe to live as they see fit.

It is estimated that the Sentinalese tribe lives as people did more than 15,000 years ago – well before the infiltration of human life with artificial intelligence, the nanny state, endless technologically gizmos, dysfunctional social structures, and more ‘stuff’ ‘than any of......


Frankfurt vs. London: Bundesbank Head Says UK Should Lose Bank Passporting Rights Due to Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

If the UK exits from the EU, it should lose its banking passporting rights, warns the head of Bundesbank, and adds that Frankfurt is more attractive as a financial capital.


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China's Heavenly Palace to fall to Earth late 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After about six years in space, China's first prototype space station -- Tiangong-1 -- is expected to fall into the Earth's atmosphere in the latter half of 2017, Chinese officials said at a press conference last week. Tiangong-1 (Chinese for "Heavenly...... Read more »


Report Reveals 7,100 Politicians Paid Off to Keep America Addicted to Pain Killers "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Starting with a meager $50,000 donation to a politician’s campaign, the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbyists make sure we keep getting those pain pill prescriptions filled at the pharmacy. This type of coercion is nothing new, but a report has just revealed that more than 7,100 politicians were paid off with various cash donations, all to make sure that America’s painkiller epidemic continues.

The report details how Purdue Big Pharma lobbyist, Burt Rosen has paid more than 7000 politicians who are legislative gatekeepers for pain drug approvals. With the industry’s influence, we’re kept doped up and paying out, almost endlessly.

Opiod drugs have gotten so popular in the US, often selling for 200 times the price they might in other countries, that many will seek them out before Cocaine or Heroine. Opiod drugs are the second largest drug class globally, but Americans consume almost all of them. Last year 300 million pain pill prescriptions were written in America.

Most people only need opiods during acute illnesses, through childbirth, severe trauma, burns, or during a terminal illness. Thanks to the decisions of politicians swayed by Big Pharma’s money, we use them in the US like breath mints.

And then there’s the massive lobbying campaign aimed directly against a single substance which would likely end opiod abuse forever. Though the US government has claimed that marijuana has no medicinal value, it helps control seizures, stops pain, and has even been shown to dissolve cancerous tumors. No wonder then, that Chandler Pharmaceuticals was one of the biggest donors to Arizona’s anti-marijuana campaign.  The company gave $500,000 to oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, making it the largest funder to defeat Proposition 205 in the state.

The journal, Clinical Neurology News reports that marijuana users are less likely to adhere to opiod therapies – simply because they don’t need them.

As the Times Free Press articulates:

“For more than a decade, members of a little-known group called the Pain Care Forum have blanketed Washington with messages about prescription painkillers’ vital role in the lives of millions of Americans, creating an echo chamber that has quietly derailed efforts to curb U.S. consumption of drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet.”

The annual sales for these few drugs amounts to billions with the OxyContin clan being welcomed to Forbes list of richest families for their efforts.

Though researchers...


France First Country to Ban Plastic Forks, Spoons, Knives, Plates, Cups to Save The Environment "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

garbage-patch-copyPlastic? It’s not so fantastic. In fact, the same chemical building blocks that make this product so versatile are the very same ones that make plastics stick around for centuries after we’ve used them, often only one time. The entire planet has become littered with plastic – from medical IV bags, to plastic spoons, forks and to-go containers, to cell phone cases and plastic shopping bags. We’ve simply gone overboard with the use of this environmentally damaging and health harming substance. Fortunately – France is doing something about it. They are now the first county to ban all plastic forks, spoons, knives, cups, and plates.

If you want to eat in France now, you’d better be ready to bring your own reusable utensils, or dine at an establishment that uses biodegradable, non plastic items.  A controversial new law implemented in the country bans all plastic cutlery, plastic plates, and plastic cups. Though producers have until the year 2020 to phase out these plastic products and replace them with more eco-friendly, biodegradable ones, many retailers and restaurants have already done the right thing and ditched the plastic.

Pack2Go Europe Secretary General Eamonn Bates told The Associated Press the company is urging the European Union to take legal action against France for violating the European Union’s rules on free movement of goods, but that hasn’t stopped the government from going forward with the ban.

This follows France’s ban on single-use plastic shopping bags that went into effect in March of this year.

More countries need to follow France’s lead. We already have a plastic ‘garbage patch’ growing in our oceans that is said to be larger than the state of Texas. This collection of marine debris is also known as the Pacific trash vortex, and it spans waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The ‘great’ garbage patch is actually the collected debris from the Western Garbage Patch, located near Japan, and the Eastern Garbage Patch, located between the U.S. states of Hawaii and California. The plastics in these great accumulations of trash do not break down, they simply become smaller and smaller, eventually finding their way into even the tiniest sea creatures.

Many countries have already made great strides toward reducing the plastic trash that ends up in our oceans.

  • Denmark already offers major tax incentives to retailers who hand out reusable bags. This saves approximately 66 percent of single use paper and plastic bags.
  • Scotland, Ireland and Wales have begun taxing consumers who still use plastic bags.
  • Italy has banned plastic bags that don’t come from biodegradable sources (like hemp.)
  • All stores in Germany have to pay a recycling tax if they provide plastic bags to consumers.
  • In the US 98 cities already have plastic bag bans in place, or are working on...
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IBM Focuses on Blockchain with Industry Platforms Unit "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

IBM recently launched its Industry Platforms business unit in a bid to deliver blockchain solutions to its customers. According to eWeek, the company has said that the launch of last week’s blockchain unit will focus on financial services organizations in addition to other business units. IBM said: The Industry Platforms unit will focus on Watson […]

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Protect Your Vehicle From an EMP with this Simple Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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ReadyNutrition Readers, there have been a tremendous number of world happenings that has placed all of us in a precarious situation.  The past several months have seen successive tests of missiles, with a nuclear test as well (Friday 9/9/16) by North Korea.  Iran and North Korea have been exchanging missile technology, supplemented by the Russians with technical advisors and materials.  China, too, has been developing their SLBM (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile) weaponry at a breakneck pace.

The military doctrine of both North Korea and Iran call for a first-strike against the continental United States using an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) generating warhead.  I wish to pen the caveat that I have been stating in my articles repeatedly for quite some time, now, hoping they will be taken into consideration:

A war would be kicked off with an EMP weapon detonated over the Continental United States, then a nuclear exchange, resulting in a World War.

That being said, there are numerous sites available for study of EMP effects as well as the nuclear threat capabilities of the countries previously mentioned.  Read the briefings of Dr. Peter V. Pry who heads the committee to assess the threat of EMP against the United States.  His writings and testimony before sessions of Congress between 2006 to 2009 are readily available and downloadable from the internet.  He also expounds on the fact that he is certain that North Korea has the capabilities of miniaturizing a warhead to deliver an EMP, and they have already done so.

I recently submitted a piece to that details the effects of an EMP on vehicles, as well as some sites to research.  In the interim, what can we do to reduce those effects?  One of the things is a grounding wire, a simple term that we can “complicate” further by expounding on measures (shoebox, field-expedient measures) that you can do…and that I have already done for myself…to give your vehicle a better chance against an EMP.

Micro Circuitry and Computer Chips in Vehicles Will be Problematic in an EMP

Firstly, the majority of the testing done by the government and private companies conclude that most vehicles will be unaffected by the EMP.  I wrote “most,” and the thing that it doesn’t take into consideration is the amount of complex micro circuitry and computer chips that exist in most cars after 1990.  The engine of the vehicle may remain intact; however, computer ignition systems and sensitive microcircuits that control a great deal of a vehicle’s internal functions could be fried instantaneously.  If the engine is fine, but it won’t start because the chip in the ignition is fried, well, the result would answer the question.

One of the possible solutions would be the grounding wire.  For decades all the way up to the present day, 18-wheelers have all utilized grounding wires attached to their frames both to protect from lightning strike and from static electrical discharge when they are delivering flammable cargoes such as fuel to filling stations or heating oil to homes.  It is this principle that you too can follow after, along with a grounding chain, to help protect your vehicle from the EMP.

How to Attach Grounding Wire to Your Vehicle



Accenture: Absolute Immutability Will Slow Blockchain Progress "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

David Treat, managing director and head of Accenture's capital markets blockchain practice, opines on the difficulties of immutability.



How to Heal Your ‘Gut Reaction’ "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

da-vinci-gut-copyAllopathic medicine has only begun to understand the importance of the gut – brain connection. Our intestines were only just recently named the ‘second brain’ when it comes to keeping the body healthy, but ancient Ayurvedic practitioners have known of this connection for at least 5,000 years. When we are stressed and under pressure, the brain actually sends messages to the intestinal cells, and vice versa – communicating in ways that are surprising, and if we don’t take care of our ‘gut feelings,’ or that ‘sinking feeling in our stomachs,’ then we usually suffer the consequences.

A Scientific American article sums it up quite well,

“Our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones that constantly provide feedback about how hungry we are, whether or not we’re experiencing stress, or if we’ve ingested a disease-causing microbe.”

As Heribert Watzke further explains in a Ted talk:

“. . . our gut is [also] connected to our emotional limbic system, they [the brain and guts] do speak with each other and make decisions.”

Aside from eating a meal that is too large, eating food that is simply not prepared properly or that is just down-right unhealthy, the gut responds metabolically to what we eat. The gut also responds to emotions, though.

The entire gastrointestinal tract responds to emotions – fear, excitement, pain, sadness, passion, and more. Since there is two-way communication going on between the brain in our heads and the ‘brain’ in our guts, we can feel a stomach upset when we aren’t feeling happy, just as easily as if we were to eat a meal at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that didn’t exactly reward our sense of adventure.

What’s more, hundreds of millions of neurons connect the brain to the enteric nervous system, a part of the nervous system that is in constant communication with the the gastrointestinal system.

Believe it or not, there are just as many neuronal cells in our guts as there are in our spinal column. Those neurons in our guts are paying very close attention to the trillions of microbes living in our guts.

Like its own ecosystem – the gut thrives when the healthy bacteria, and microbes within it are thriving, and suffer when the bullies, or bad microorganisms take over.

The chemical reactions governed by the gut-brain axis are so important, that they can even control how much serotonin is released – a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy –  so if our guts aren’t happy, we aren’t happy. That’s where the use of ancient Ayurvedic remedies become important to our overall health. Here are five of them:

  1. Drink warm water with lemon or lime first thing in the morning. This practice has been done for thousands of years. You can think of it like clearing the pipes of an old house. By drinking warm lemon or lime water first thing in the morning it hits the stomach after it has had a chance to rest for several hours, making the effects of cleansing and nourishing even more potent.
  2. Reduce inflamma......


10 Things We Love About Nitrogen Sports "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

We’ve had a chance to use the Nitrogen Sports online betting platform for a while now, and it’s easy to see why they have such a loyal following. We decided to put together a list of the 10 Things We Love About Nitrogen Sports to explain what makes them unique. 1. 100% Bitcoin Having a … Continue reading 10 Things We Love About Nitrogen Sports

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Read this American’s very accurate list of things people need to know about Britain "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

britsAmerican heiress Hayley Bloomingdale has been living in London for ten months and has garnered a lot of useful information about us Brits and how we live.  She shared 42 of these nuggets in Vogue as a heads-up for any fellow Americans thinking of attending London Fashion Week or just popping over for a visit.

Here are her 14 most spot-on tips.





























But it seems she isn’t right about everything …


Source: Vogue

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160919 Journey… HI DEF Videos "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


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For those interested in viewing HI DEF videos from today, here they are. I feel that the breakout at Halemaumau was no coincidence. More on that later.

I’ve listed these in chronological order. Click the image (or here) to view a playlist.

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7 Financial Firms Test Blockchain for Data Management "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Credit Suisse, Citi and HSBC are among seven financial firms to participate in a blockchain data management trial.


from CoinDesk


Unocoin and Purse Bring Amazon Discounts To Bitcoin Holders In India "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

India remains a hotbed for Bitcoin activity in recent years A new partnership between Purse and Unocoin will allow residents to shop on Amazon at a discount. With cryptocurrency usage in India expanding rapidly, it makes sense for companies to explore the market. Purse wants to improve the local online shopping experience, and offer Bitcoin … Continue reading Unocoin and Purse Bring Amazon Discounts To Bitcoin Holders In India

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7 Financial Firms Test Blockchain for Data Management "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Credit Suisse, Citi and HSBC are among seven financial firms to participate in a blockchain data management trial.



The use of story-telling to look at responses to sexual abuse in Argentina "IndyWatch Feed Education"


And now Colin Brent has posted a fascinating translation of a piece by Alejandro Capriati, Researcher at CONICET/University of Buenos Aires entitled, ‘The use of story-telling to look at responses to sexual abuse in Argentina.’

Alejandro begins:

Story-telling in Youth Work is a process used by workers, tutors and students that work with young people. In England many of them are government-employed youth workers specially trained for working with young people that are not part of formal education or health services and work in open-access spaces for young people. These have few restrictions on young people’s engagement and are spaces where young people can hang out, take part in a great range of activities (radio, music, art, courses, cooking, etc.), or just do nothing. Each youth centre works in its own way, but is based on the principal of voluntary engagement, and has a focus on relationships, the building of trust between young people and workers, and personal development. From that starting point, some young people may reengage with formal education, report abuse, get support with substance misuse, etc.

There are similarities and differences in the work with young people in English youth centres and in certain projects in Argentina carried out by charities or as part of some social programmes. Looking at these comparisons has been the focus point of a collaboration with Colin Brent, a manager of a youth centre in London, with the aim of adapting our practice and sharing experiences. As part of this exchange of ideas I have taken up using the story-telling technique.

This technique can be used face-to-face in work with young people; as a resource for organisation change through staff training, supervision and monitoring; to communicate the value of youth work; and to evaluate projects. The general aim is for youth workers and their colleagues to have a clear idea of what is distinct in their practise and how this is important for the young people, using critical reflexion about methods of intervention to identify successes, challenges and inconclusive processes.

The objective is for participants to be able to critically reflect on the uniqueness of youth work through describing and analysing an example of practice, exploring the meaning of it for themselves and for the young people. Of course, the idea is to adapt the technique to each situation and context, and below I share our experience.

Continue here

The web resource also includes the Spanish original at El uso del relato de caso (story-telling) para pensar las respuestas a casos de abuso sexual en Argentina



Cedella Marley: Focus on What Is "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Positive Vibrations by Cedella Marley, A Nice Time As you kick off a new week, focus on what is versus what you feel like should be. Stop worrying about what is out of your control and spend time on things you know you can change. Isolate the opportunities and possibilities that mean the most to … Continue reading Cedella Marley: Focus on What Is


5 Common Ways Of Transmuting Emotional Energies "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Michelle Walling, CHLC, Relationships are a gift whether you are on the giving end or the receiving end. Being able to share consciousness with another human being is a balancing act. There are 5 common ways of transmuting emotional energies that may cause conflicts within a relationship. What do you do if you are … Continue reading 5 Common Ways Of Transmuting Emotional Energies


This 10-Year-Old Girl Wants You to Know What the US Government Is Doing to Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Carey Wedler, Anti Media (ANTIMEDIA) Though Saudi Arabia often makes headlines for bombing hospitals and killing civilians in their ongoing war against rebels in Yemen, the Western role in these human rights violations is seldom discussed. But a new video posted to Youtube from a ten-year-old girl living in the rebel capital of Sanaa, … Continue reading This 10-Year-Old Girl Wants You to Know What the US Government Is Doing to Yemen


A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Stacy Vajta, Wake Up World Ok let’s face it; there are some folks out there who are amazing manifestors and there are some who, well… not so much. Yet when you have a goal or a vision for your life that you can feel deep into your bones, figuring out how to make it happen … Continue reading A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm


Former Enemy Tribe Unifies in Peace With Standing Rock "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Lance Schuttler, The Mind Unleashed “This is something unbelievable. This display of unity and the power of  coming together is unbelievable. No words can properly describe the  feeling. For example just this morning our traditional enemies the  Crow came to the camp here to stand in solidarity with us. And we  welcomed them with Open … Continue reading Former Enemy Tribe Unifies in Peace With Standing Rock


Hits and Misses: Lessons Learned After Six Years of Prepping "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Lessons Learned After 6 Years of Prepping | Backdoor Survival

As someone who has been prepping for six years, I have learned a lot along the way. During these six years, my survival skills, food and water storage, and general knowledge have grown exponentially to the point where I have grown comfortable, if not complacent, with my preps.

Alas, the world has changed a lot since 2010. Things I prepared for on day one are now far less important in the big scheme of things than the things I prepare for today.  Things I prepare for today are more far-reaching than issues associated with geographic isolation, the next big earthquake, or a regional food shortage.  What I now prepare for is a Venezuela-type economic melt-down, or a Cyprus-like seizure of bank assets and depositor bail-in.  I also prepare for an extended power outage lasting a year or longer.

Lessons Learned After 6 Years of Prepping | Backdoor Survival

There is something else. I am older and I am tired.  I do not have the energy I did when I first started to prep, and I want to enjoy life more. I also have had a couple of health related issues to gave me pause for concern.  Finally, for six years, much of my free time has been spent learning skills and searching out tools that will come in handy if forced into survival mode.  It has been a rewarding, but exhausting and oft-times expensive experience.

So what happens next?

It makes no matter whether you have been prepping for a year or for six years.  Everyone who...


Watch Jimmy Page Rock the Theremin, the Early Soviet Electronic Instrument, in Some Hypnotic Live Performances "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

It can be frustrating for Led Zeppelin fans to hear the band reduced to plagiarism lawsuits or the quintessence of sexually-aggressive rock-star entitlement (though much of that is deserved). For one thing, Zeppelin’s occult songwriting tendencies, courtesy of both Page and Plant, play just as prominent a role as their blues-rock come-ons (as several generations of fantasy metal bands can attest). For another, their studio productions and live shows are renowned for pioneering mash-ups of modern rock, folk, and classical instrumentation, courtesy of both Page and Jones. And finally, the band’s recording techniques were—for the time—demonstrations of technical wizardry.

Thus it should come as no surprise that technical wizard Jimmy Page would play the Theremin, though he does play on it the kind of screaming, feedback-laden bends he unleashed from his Les Paul. Introduced to the world by Soviet inventor Leon Theremin in 1919, the early electronic instrument emits high-pitched singing when a player’s hands come within range of its invisible electrical fields. “It hasn’t got six strings,” Page says in his demonstration at the top of the post, from 2009 film It Might Get Loud, “but it’s a lot of fun.”


Page used a Sonic Wave Theremin in his Zeppelin days in a very guitar-like way—running it through a Maestro Echoplex and Orange amps and cabinets. (Watch him revive the technique in a 1995 French TV broadcast above.) For several months in 1971, writes fansite Achilles Last Stand, Page “used a double-stacked Theremin” for twice the sonic assault.

Though he seems to have gone back to just the one Theremin in the solo above, the effect is no less electrifying, if you’ll excuse the pun, as he sends echoes of ray-gun noise cascading around the theater. Well over five minutes into the hypnotic affair, Page takes to his Les Paul, creating more ragged patterns with violin bow and Echoplex. Even if you aren’t in a dazed and confused state, you’ll feel like you are if you give yourself over to this piece of performance art. Heroics? Yes, and...


Ethereum Classic Price Technical Analysis – ETC Breaks Down "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights Ethereum classic price failed to hold gains versus Bitcoin and broke a major support area. Yesterday’s highlighted bullish trend line on the hourly chart of ETC/BTC (data feed via Simplefx) was broken during the recent losses. The price is now below a major support area of 0.00208BTC, which may now act as a … Continue reading Ethereum Classic Price Technical Analysis – ETC Breaks Down

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Let’s Talk about the Trump-Shaped Elephant in the Room. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

So, for those of you who are feeling discouraged, futile and are starting to feel like your vote doesn’t even matter—I urge you to vote anyway.


What Walking 100 Miles Alone Taught Me. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Combining being in nature and walking and being alone sounded like the ultimate recharge. But I didn't expect anything else. I certainly didn't expect a walk to teach me anything.


How to Date a Kali Goddess & Invoke her Superpower. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

When Kali showed up in my life, everything changed.


And this is the new Olympus E-M1II…. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Olympus announced two new cameras and three new lenses. But the hottest item will be available for preorder in late 2016 only and ship in 2017. The E-M1II is yet not ready (and it seems handheld high resolution mode is…

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New Homeopathic Treatment Significantly Reduces Levels Of Cash In Your Wallet, Study Finds "IndyWatch Feed Satire"


An innovative new natural remedy released this week can lower the amount of money you carry on your body by up to 60%, studies have found.

Sold in tablet form and retailing for $59.95 a bottle, the breakthrough treatment will provide immediate relief to the wallets of desperate patients.

Sam Mathews, a scientist on the research team, said the new drug was found under strict double-blind testing to be 23 times more effective at reducing wallet size than a placebo. “We were amazed at just how efficient this new treatment is at lowering your finances. In some cases the effects were virtually immediate,” he said.

A spokesperson for the manufacturer said patients should take eleven tablets, eight times daily for best results.

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Notes for Tuesday – September 20, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Today, we present another entry for Round 66 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded … Continue reading


Continuity Plan, by E.M. "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

I guess I have always been a survivalist. As a small child during the Cuban Missile Crisis, I remember bugging out from our house near a SAC bomber base in Florida to a piece of land my dad owned about 70 miles away. I was awakened in the middle of … Continue reading


Three Letters Re: Road Maps "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Dear Jim, As a very long time ebayer, I know the site quite well. In response to where to purchase old U.S. road maps (and indeed other countries), currently there are almost 3000 maps on ebay. Some are so old that some of the newer big interstates are not on … Continue reading


News From The American Redoubt: "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Refuge Manager Changes Testimony On Witness Stand o o o Wyoming radio personality killed in Montana motorcycle crash o o o (Idaho) Mail Mishap: Caldwell couple mailed hundreds of letters by clerical error o o o Bear attacks bow hunter in Teton County


Economics and Investing: "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Stormy Seas Ahead For Shippers Following Hanjin’s Bankruptcy – J.S. o o o Debt meltdown in China o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive Video David Stockman interview: “Fast Money” Interview On CNBC——A New Sheriff In Washington Could Mean A Panic … Continue reading


Odds ‘n Sods: "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

By way of, Reader H.L. sent in this link to an excellent video detailing why a neurological disease like Parkinson’s is most likely what is wrong with Hillary and why she shouldn’t be running for President. o o o The U. S. Constitution: The Ultimate Endangered Species – B.B. … Continue reading


Hugh’s Quote of the Day: "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

“It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law … that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts.” – H. L. Mencken





Since 2012 International Animal Rescue Foundation Africa’s (Cyber and Environmental Crimes Team) have been investigating Viet Nam’s illicit and illegal wildlife trade more closely than we’ve ever done. Back in January 2015 I Dr Jose C. Depre the (CEO) ordered a meeting with both units from the Environmental Cyber Crimes Team and External Affairs Unit); both focusing on the ground and online trade of illegal wildlife contraband. My aim was to increase both online and ground team investigations to begin breaking the back of these ruthless criminals throughout Asia and Africa.

International Animal Rescue Foundation Africa since founded have conducted 1,033 investigative surveys relating to all areas Viet Nam’s illegal wildlife trade (online and ground trade). However it wasn’t until January 2015 after uncovering a colossal rhino horn trafficking ring within Thailand and Viet Nam that we eventually decided Viet Nam had to be investigated more in-depth – all of which has resulted in a number of arrests and confiscation orders this year alone. The ongoing investigation was ordered due to a suspicion that the illicit ivory trade was increasing in Viet Nam too. Furthermore various organisations, media and press had stated that Viet Nam’s wildlife trade was actually decreasing, neither of which was true!.

I.A.R.F.A’s investigations aren’t just focused on Viet Nam. Specialist teams locate traffickers, suppliers and even poachers. These highly trained investigative officers move from one country to the next discretely monitoring and following various traffickers and kingpins (not forgetting befriending others too – which in many cases can be quite dangerous). While most of our investigations have focused primarily on Viet Nam, China, Thailand, Laos, Japan and Malaysia. Investigative officers have also been working within Uganda, Angola, South Africa, Namibia, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso (among many other countries).

In four days time South Africa will be hosting the next Conference of Parties (CoP17). The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), that now hosts some 184 CITES signatories which will be debating numerous issues relating to both flora (plants) and (fauna) animals. The meeting will take place from the 24th September to the 5th October (2016). Back in 2011 Interpol estimated the extent of the illegal wildlife trade between $10 billion and $20 billion per year. This figure has gradually increased since 2014.

The illegal wildlife trade isn’t confined to just one country. Many countries around the world host wildlife trafficking and dealing routes extending to every continent. Conservationists say the problem is most acute in Southeast Asia. There, trade linkages to key markets in China, the United States, and the European Union; lax law enforcement; weak border controls; and the perception of high profit and low risk contribute to large-scale commercial wildlife trafficking. The ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and external funders, is one response to the region’s illegal wildlife trade networks.

Figures from 2014-2015 have shown a startling increase relating to the funds generated from the illegal wildlife trade. Today illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth US$50-150 billion per year. The global illegal fisheries catch is valued...


Wie Deutschland seinen Strom erzeugt "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Deutschlands Energiewende ruft einerseits Bilder von sonnendurchfluteten, blühenden Landschaften hervor, gespickt mit Windrädern und Solaranlagen. Doch die Erfolgsgeschichte hat auch eine Schattenseite: An der Abhängigkeit von Kohle hat sich bislang nichts geändert, das Land ist nach wie vor ein Kohleland.

Carbon Brief hat die aktuellen Daten zur deutschen Stromerzeugung in einer interaktiven Karte aufbereitet. Zusammen mit einer Reihe weiterer interaktiver Grafiken wird deutlich, dass Deutschlands Kohleproblem die größte Herausforderung für eine Dekarbonisierung darstellt. Auch die Bereiche Wärme, Verkehr und Industrie hinken hinterher.

Mit einer ebenfalls interaktiven Zeitleiste zeichnet Carbon Brief zudem die Geschichte der Energiewende seit ihren Anfängen zu Beginn der 1970er Jahre nach – und beschreibt, wie die deutsche Politik mit dem Thema umgeht.

Energie in Deutschland im Jahr 2016

Wie in vielen anderen reichen Ländern sinkt auch in Deutschland der Energieverbrauch – und das bei wachsender Wirtschaft. Zwar gibt es Schwankungen: Im ersten Halbjahr 2016 beispielsweise war ein Anstieg um knapp zwei Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum zu verzeichnen. Das ändert aber nichts an der langfristigen Tendenz.

Deutschlands gesamter Energieverbrauch – also bei Strom, Wärme, Verkehr, usw. – belief sich 2015 auf 320 Millionen Tonnen Öl-Äquivalent. Das ist genauso viel wie 1975. In anderen Ländern ist der Rückgang noch deutlicher. Großbritanniens Verbrauch etwa liegt nun auf dem Niveau der 1960er Jahre.

Bis Anfang der 1970er Jahre war Kohle Deutschlands wichtigster Brennstoff, bevor Öl zur Nummer Eins aufstieg. Heute deckt Öl ein gutes Drittel des Gesamtverbrauchs. Der Verbrauch von Kohle halbierte sich zwischen 1965 und 2000. Doch seitdem ist es zu keiner weiteren Reduktion mehr gekommen. Deutschland bezieht nach wie vor mehr Energie aus Kohle als aus allen klimafreundlichen Energien – Erneuerbare plus Atomenergie – zusammen.

Oben: Deutschlands Primärenergie-Verbrauch, nach Energieträgern aufgeschlüsselt, in Millionen Tonnen Öl-Äquivalent, von 1965 bis 2015. Unten: Anteile am deutschen Energieverbrauch in Prozent. Quelle: BP Statistical Review of World Energy.  Die Grafiken sind mit Highcharts erstellt. Mit einem Klick auf die Legende können die einzelnen Energieträger ausgewählt werden. Wenn Sie den Cursor über die Grafik bewegen, erhalten Sie weitere Informationen, etwa zur Entwicklung der Emissionen im Vergleich zu 2005 sowie zur Höhe der Anteile.

Deutschland deckte seinen Energiebedarf 1965 zu 99 Prozent mit fossilen Energien. Bis 1990 sank ihr Anteil auf 89 Prozent – Atomkraftwerke kamen für die Differenz auf. Inzwischen ist der Beitrag der Fossilen auf ein Rekordtief gefallen: 2015 lag er bei 79,7 Prozent. Von den restlichen 20,3 Prozent kommen inzwischen nur noch 6,5 Prozentpunkte von der Atomenergie, während die Erneuerbaren mit 13,8 Prozentpunkten mehr als doppelt so viel beitragen.

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Mapped: How Germany generates its electricity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Germany’s “Energiewende”, which translates as energy transition, conjures up images of bright, sunlit fields scattered with wind turbines and solar panels. But to its critics, it is a story of continued reliance on coal.

Both stories are illustrated in Carbon Brief’s new interactive map of Germany’s electricity generating capacity. Our series of charts show how the coal problem reveals the challenge of decarbonising heat, transport and industry – issues that have remained largely hidden in countries such as the UK.

Tomorrow, Carbon Brief will also be publishing a timeline tracking the history of the Energiewende and the German government’s attempts to secure its future.

German energy in 2016

In common with many other rich nations, Germany’s energy use is in decline, even as its economy grows. (There have been ups and downs: the first half of 2016 saw energy use increase by nearly 2% year-on-year).

Germany used 320 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2015, the same amount as in 1975. UK energy use has fallen even further, and is now at 1960s levels. (To clarify, this is referring to all energy used by the countries, not just electricity.)

Oil overtook coal as Germany’s number one fuel in the early 1970s and today accounts for more than a third of the total. Coal use roughly halved between 1965 and 2000. Yet it has remained relatively flat since then and still supplies more energy than all low-carbon sources combined.

Top: German primary energy use by source, millions of tonnes of oil equivalent, 1965-2015. Bottom: Shares of Germany energy use, %. Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy. Charts by Carbon Brief using Highcharts. Select sources by clicking on the legend. Hover over the chart for more information, including change in emissions compared to 2005 and shares of that year’s total.

Fossil fuels supplied 99% of German energy in 1965 and 89% in 1990, with nuclear making up the difference. By 2015, the 79.7% fossil share was the lowest in at least half a century, as nuclear’s decline to 6.5% was outweighed by a record-high 13.8% contribution from renewables.

Renewables supplied around a third of German electricity in 2015 (see chart, below). However, only around 13% of heat came from renewable energy and 5% for transport. The country has an EU target to source 18% of its energy from renewa...


Scientists: How the new focus on 1.5C is reshaping climate research "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C has long been the goal of developing countries and those most at risk from climate change. Since becoming enshrined in the Paris Agreement last December, the 1.5C goal has come under increased scrutiny and examination.

How do climate impacts at 1.5C and 2C compare? How fast would the global economy need to decarbonise? Is the amount of “negative emissions” required for either limit feasible? Expectation is heavy that a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due in 2018 at the behest of the United Nations, will answer all these questions.

So is the scientific community rising to the challenge or feeling the pressure?

Ahead of a major conference in Oxford this week, Carbon Brief has been talking to climate scientists, economists and public health experts about how the spotlight on 1.5C has changed the way they work.

Degrees of separation

Back in August, the chair of the IPCC, Dr Hoesung Lee, told scientists at a meeting in Geneva that they bore a “great responsibility” in making sure the special report on 1.5C meets the expectations of the international climate community.

Dr Rachel James, a research fellow at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, explains how this has been interpreted by scientists. She tells Carbon Brief:

“Part of it is about how we get to 1.5C and part of it is about impacts at 1.5C, and really balancing those. Is it possible to get to 1.5C? And are the impacts at 1.5C and 2C different enough that it’s worth pushing for 1.5C?”

The comparison with 2C is not technically what the Paris Agreement called for, even though that’s how it has been perceived, says Prof Myles Allen, professor of geosystem science at the Environmental Change Institute and a convenor of this week’s conference. He tells Carbon Brief:

“The Paris Agreement was very clear…[parties] are interested in the impacts of 1.5C of warming. They didn’t say ‘versus 2C’, or anything else in particular. But, obviously, because the focus was on 2C up until then, a lot of people have interpreted this as what’s the relative impact of 1.5C versus 2C.”

Comparing impacts for crop production, extreme weather and sea level rise, for example, at different global temperatures means flipping on their head the way climate projections are traditionally constructed. Picking a “tolerable” temperature limit first and investigating impacts and pathways later isn’t how scientists have always done things, says Prof Jonathan Gregory, professor of meteorology in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading. H...


Barnaby Joyce Thrown Out Of Mooseheads For Dropping Pants During Eagle Rock "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

20 September, 2016 15:35 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been handed a life ban from Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub in Canberra after refusing to leave the venue upon being asked by several security guards. It is believed that at around 11:55pm last night, the 49-year-old former accountant was given his third and last warning for […]


“Obviously, I should have gotten some Rest Sooner:” How we can all avoid Hitting the Wall. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

On that wheezy night when my toughness gave way to desperation, I noticed a recurring thought: how bad do I have to feel to take a day off?


Ethereum Price Technical Analysis – ETH Buyers Worked "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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My top 10 irritations "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

From gloating opticians to aggressive crisps, Michael Spicer shares ten of his biggest irritations.











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Battered Bees and the Threat to Our Food "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

By Dr. Mercola

Some plants produce offspring by producing seeds, but the seeds can only be produced by the transfer of pollen from the male anther of one flower to the female stigma of another.

While wind and water can transfer pollen to some extent, and some plants are self-pollinating, pollinators are the primary route that this pollen transfer occurs for many plants, including those we depend on for food.

The pollination process is quite incredible, really, and is carried out by certain birds, butterflies, bats, moths and bees (along with some other animals like honey possums).

In short, when the pollinator feeds from a flower, the pollen attaches to its body and then deposits on another during the pollinator's next stop. When examined more closely, however, there are even more details to this process that make it that much more amazing.

Bees Are Hardwired for 'Buzz Pollination'

Bees use a process called sonication, or buzz pollination, to shake loose pollen hidden in certain plants' anthers. The bees bite the anthers to hold on, then buzz. The vibration causes the pollen to spill out of the plant and stick to the bee.

Experiments conducted by University of Arizona researchers found that rather than being a learned behavior, bees appear to be hard-wired to use sonication. The study included bees raised in a laboratory that had never seen a flower.1

Yet, when they were given the chance, the bees knew just what to do. As The New York Times reported, they:2

  • Grabbed the plant's anther with their mandibles
  • Buzzed until they were doused in pollen
  • Groomed the pollen off their front legs and body and stuck it to "pollen baskets" on their rear legs

Having an innate ability for sonication has its benefits, including making bees highly adaptable to changing environments. If new plants come into a bees' range, or if they're forced to forage in unfamiliar areas, it means the bees should still be able to adapt.

Queen Bees Dying From Pesticide Exposure and Parasites

There is only one queen bee per hive. She mates once and then is fertile for life, laying up to 2,000 eggs per day to sustain the colony.

Research published in the journal Nature suggests, however, that combined exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides and parasites may alter queen bees' physiology and survival, thereby potentially destroying the whole hive.3

Queen bees exposed to infection with the parasite Nosema ceranae along with 0.7 micrograms per liter of a neonicotinoid called imidacloprid, which is a dose a bee may be exposed to in the wild, had serious effects.

More than 90 percent of the exposed queen bees died within 45 to 90 days (if healthy, a queen bee may live for several years). The researchers continued:4

"Furthermore, single and combined effects of pesticide and parasite decrease survivorship of queens introduced into mating hives for three months.

Because colony demographic regulation relies on [the] queen's fertility, the compromise of its physiology and life can seriously menace colony survival under pressure of combined stressors."

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No Evidence for Fluoridated Water to Result in Less Cavities "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride. Unlike other chemicals added to water, which are intended to treat the water itself, fluoride is intended to treat the people who drink the water, whether they want the treatment or not.

As the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) puts it, “Fluoridating water supplies can thus fairly be described as a form of mass medication, which is why most European countries have rejected the practice.”1

In the U.S., many people assume the fluoride in drinking water is beneficial for their teeth, an assumption that has been widely spread by public health agencies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) in saying fluoridation is “nature’s way to prevent tooth decay”2 — a statement that is both misleading and inaccurate.

The Fluoride in Drinking Water Is Not Natural

The CDC and ADA state that “some communities are lucky enough to have naturally occurring optimal levels of fluoride in their water supplies.”3

While it’s true that fluoride is naturally occurring in some areas, leading to high levels in certain water supplies “naturally,” naturally occurring substances are not automatically safe (think of arsenic, for instance).

When people are exposed to high levels of naturally occurring fluoride, severe disease can result. Data from India’s Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry indicate that nearly 49 million people are living in areas where fluoride levels in water are above the permissible levels.

The World Health Organization recommends fluoride levels in drinking water stay between 0.8 and 1.2 milligrams (mg) per liter and do not exceed 1.5 mg per liter.

Exposure to levels above this amount may cause pitting of tooth enamel and fluoride deposits in your bones, while exposure to levels above 10 mg per liter may cause crippling skeletal fluorosis, as well as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures and muscle spasms.

Further, the fluoride added to drinking water is not the naturally occurring variety or even pharmaceutical grade; it’s a byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. FAN explained:4

“The main chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water are known as ‘silicofluorides’ (i.e., hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate). Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products; they are unprocessed industrial by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

Since these silicofluorides undergo no purification procedures, they can contain elevated levels of arsenic — more so than any other water treatment chemical.

In addition, recent research suggests that the addition of silicofluorides to water is a risk factor for elevated lead exposure, particularly among residents who live in homes with old pipes.”

Evidence Is Lacking That Fluoridated Water Reduces Cavities

The ADA also claims that water fluoridation reduces decay in children’s teeth by anywhere from 18 percent to 60 percent. This, too, is highly questionable however.

The Cochrane Collaboration, which releases comprehensive reviews regarded as the gold standard in assessing public health policies, found water fluoridation may not prevent cavities....


Datskovskiy Cures Abandoned Sage SmartProbe "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Today Saint Stanislav Datskovskiy (WOT:asciilifeform) published a cure that can render the abandonware Sage SmartProbe functional in spite of firmware induced usage limitations.


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The 2015 Indonesia haze may have caused 100 000 premature deaths "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Harvard Univesity researchers and their colleagues estimated that hazardous levels of smoke from agricultural fires across Indonesia in 2015 may have caused upwards of 100 000 deaths across Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. The research is part of a larger effort...... Read more »

New insight into the space environment surrounding Pluto "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Chandra X-ray Observatory was aimed several times at Pluto from February 2014 through August 2015 and made a surprising detection of X-rays being emitted from this largest and best-known object in the Solar System's outermost regions. The observations offer new...... Read more »


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Estimating Fetal Weight Increases Cesarean Risk "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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One intervention often seen in pregnancies these days is estimation of fetal weight. But does this improve outcomes?

Bigger babies are more at risk for getting stuck, which is called "shoulder dystocia." Although the actual numerical risk for shoulder dystocia with big babies is not very great (and small babies get stuck too), the risk for shoulder dystocia is higher with a bigger baby. Most of the time it is resolved without damage, but in some cases babies or moms are hurt, sometimes seriously. In rare cases, babies even die. Damage from shoulder dystocia is one of the main reasons care providers get sued.

As a result, a big baby make many care providers nervous. So they routinely employ estimation of fetal weight near the end of pregnancy, either by hands-on estimation or by ultrasound estimation. But the critical question is whether estimating fetal weight actually improves outcomes.

Here is yet another study that shows that estimating fetal weight does NOT improve outcomes and that it increases the risk for cesareans. 

In this very large multi-center MFMU study, a baby estimated to be above 4000g (8 lbs., 13 oz.) was more than twice as likely to be born by cesarean. A diabetic mother with a baby estimated to be above 3500g (about 7 lbs. 12 oz.) was more than nine times as likely to have a cesarean.

This relationship persisted even when adjusted for actual birth weight and other variables, showing it was not just about the baby's size. The mere prediction of a large baby (whether baby was actually large or not) increased the risk for cesarean, suggesting that it is the way big babies are managed that makes the difference.

This is a particularly pertinent issue for women of size. Because "obese" women tend to have larger babies on average, care providers can get very anxious about fetal size in their pregnancies. Fear of big baby (and the resulting interventions) is one of the top drivers around the outrageously high cesarean rate in high-BMI women.

Sadly, this study does not directly address the effect of fetal weight estimation in the sub-population of obese women. It would be great to have data actually examining a practice that is so common in the management of obese women.

However, this is a very large and very powerful study showing that the practice of estimating fetal weight is harmful in pregnant women in general.

And it is just the latest in a long series of studies that show that the...


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Brisbane friends baptise Sydneysider in the ‘Brown Snake’ after moving to the River City "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

20 September, 2016. 15:34 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact GOING AGAINST THE ONE WAY traffic down the Pacific Highway, Dan Caruthers arrived in Brisbane the day before ANZAC Day 2011. Taking a new job with Hutchinson Builders, he was quick to get himself a pair of skinny-leg moleskin trousers and some elastic-sided boots – just […]


True Freedom – Letting It All Go "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Kara Schallock, Life is as simple or as complicated as we want it to be. If we choose simple, we let go of all we are attached to; all we think we know and become an empty vessel. In this Emptiness, we get to the core of us and that is Love. There is […]


Pleiadians And The Alien Roots Of Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Pleiadians are discussed, from their connection to Earth is explained by Sean David Morton. The Dogon tribe in Africa and their connection to the Dog Star, and the different races of humanity and their corresponding alien roots are illuminated. Ancient legends of Alien life, and the interplanetary wars that spawned human life on Earth, and […]


Historic Timeline Based on Historic Sites & Artefacts Instead of Blind Belief in the Quakademia ~ newearth "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Those who have seen many NewEarth videos already can skip the introduction and start watching at minute 4

This video covers the underground cities, new info on the “elf” castles, the oldest art of the time of the “gods”, introduces the erdstelle, a mysterious lake in Belarus and much more…

If you want to participate in the research in your area please view a world wide list of sites of which field report is needed…

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Santander Vies to Become First Bank to Issue Cash on Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Spanish banking giant Santander is working on a project that explores how it could digitize customer cash using the public ethereum blockchain.



160919 Journey 3… Breakout!! "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This lava breakout in Halema’uma’u occurred just as I arrived. Coincidence? Probably not… .

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Reality fact about rebel flag/ not racism "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

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Liberals Want New American Flag with Rainbow Stripes for "Diversity" - C... "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Published on Sep 19, 2016
Social Justice Warriors want the American flag changed because many find it "offensive" and "racist." A pyramid with rainbow stripes seems to be a favorite amoung liberals in San Diego, California.
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Gas Goes Extinct! Several States Facing Fuel Shortage — Is This The Begi... "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Published on Sep 19, 2016

As of Monday, September 19th, 2016, up to six states are facing possible gas shortages, with more potentially on the way: Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. These states have each declared a state of emergency... until further notice.

Due to the Colonial Pipeline leak near Birmingham, Alabama as of Friday, September 9th, 2016, reports of up to 250,000 gallons of gas have been discovered. The pipeline, running from New York to Texas, provides fuel for much of the southern and eastern coasts of America each day — and could affect up to 50 MILLION Americans.

Fuel shortages, long lines, and major headache have already resulted from this pipeline leak. While the cause is said to be “unknown,” meanwhile, major cities such as Knoxville, TN, Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, among many others are already experiencing gas stations with little to no gas at all.

While the pipeline is expected to be fixed by next week, there are still several concerns regarding the surging fuel prices in America.

But What’s The REAL Cause Of This?!?!





Sharia wolfs in Sheep’s Clothing look under their suits it's not sheep's a wolf a company of wolf backs networked together for real "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Published on Sep 19, 2016
The masses are slowly being indoctrinated to accept the tyranny of Islam even when it doesn't align with their own politically correct brainwashing.

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Published on Sep 19, 2016
Alex Jones exposes how the elite are using Islam to further their anti-human agenda and eventually completely destroy humanity.

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The United Nations Refugee Agenda Strikes The U S A "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Published on Sep 19, 2016
Indulge me for a moment. What if one of your relatives, spouse,child, or even you innocently absorbed the shrapnel from one of the bombs detonated in Manhattan Saturday night or had just taken a knife to the head in a mall in St. Cloud Minnesota? Who would you hold accountable? The radicalized black lives matter supporting Afghanistan born suspect Ahmed Khan Rahami? Or the Kenyan born Dahir A. Adan, a radical psychopath we are supposed to accept as a lone wolf? Or Is it Donald Trump because he is the only one cutting through the Progressive B. A display of honesty the PC culture has zero ability to accept after years of brainwashing to their own peril?

Or are the true culprits sitting comfortably with no fear of persecution, many of them equally as untouchable as Hillary Clinton.Pushing the narrative of the crisis and normalization of the jihadist invasion of these United States in the halls of the United Nations in New York City?

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Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 09/20/2016 – Aiming for Next Support? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin price might be aiming for a bounce off the nearby support zone, although a downside break is also possible.

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Q&A producer googles ‘celebrities with book coming out’ ahead of next week’s show "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

20 September, 2016. 15:34 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact IN A MAD DASH to find guests for next week’s Q&A programme, a producer from the ABC’s frontline panel show has turned to google in order to learn which celebrities have a book coming out soon. Following the success of last night’s broadcast, junior producer Ally […]


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Wildfires threaten Peruvian Indigenous communities and national park "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This story was investigated by Mongabay's Latin America (Latam) team and was first published in Spanish on our Latam site on September 15, 2016. A major fire event has affected around 20,000 hectares of rainforest in the central Amazon region of Peru. Satellite data from NASA show several fires burning in the protected buffer zone around a national park and Indigenous reserve, and reports on the ground reveal the uncontrolled fires are having damaging impacts on local communities. "The fire originated on the right bank of the Ene River, which is a valley that is part of Río Tambo District in the province of Satipo, Junin Department,"Iván Cisneros, mayor of Río Tambo, told Mongabay Latam. "In this section of the country, the Otishi National Park is located west of the Ashaninka Communal Reserve. A ring of communities borders the reserve. The fire is currently affecting this ring, and it has even reached part of the national park." Conservationists had previously warned authorities of the fires. In early August, 24 experts signed an open letter advising government officials in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru about the issue. In Peru, a document was sent to the office of the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture. Pronaturaleza – a Peruvian foundation for nature conservation – was responsible for sending the document. At press time, no response from the authorities had been forthcoming. "We have sent an alert about a month ago. And the fire hotspots that our Brazilian friends…


After uproar, U.S. government says does not plan to kill wild horses "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Alex Dobuzinskis

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it has no plans to euthanize a large share of the more than 45,000 wild horses and burros removed from lands mostly in the U.S. West, after an advisory panel’s proposal to kill some of the animals sparked outrage.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said they struggle to find people to adopt the growing number of wild horses and burros, which costs the agency millions annually to maintain in corrals and pasturelands.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board on Friday recommended the bureau consider euthanizing the animals that cannot be adopted, or selling them to companies that might slaughter them.

But Tom Gorey, a spokesman for the bureau, said in an email that the agency will “continue its current policy of caring for unadopted or unsold wild horses and burros” and will “not sell or send any animals to slaughter.”

File photo of several wild horses escaping as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather horses into a trap south of Garrison, Utah © REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo File photo of several wild horses escaping as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather horses into a trap south of Garrison, Utah The bureau is expected to formally respond to the panel at its next meeting within months.

The panel’s recommendation created an uproar among animal rights activists and highlighted the challenges ahead for the U.S. government as it seeks to control the population of wild horses and burros.

Gillian Lyons, wild horse and burro program manager for the Humane Society of the United States, said members of the public were quick to criticize the idea of killing the wild animals.

“It’s something the American public just doesn’t know about, you don’t think of wild horses being held in facilities all across the United States,” Lyons said.

She added that the bureau has a responsibility to the animals because it captured them.

Even after decades of round-ups of wild horses and burros, 67,000 of these animals roam the United States, mostly in Nevada and California, according to government estimates.

Without natural predators, they have proliferated far beyond the roughly 27,000 animals the U.S. government says would be a population low enough to prevent overgrazing and preserve land for other animals.

The bureau spends nearly $50 million a year in upkeep for captured horses and burros, Gorey said.

The Humane Society alleges the bureau spends so much paying private contractors to hold the animals that it cannot afford to expand its program to administer birth control to the animals on the range, which it contends would be more effective for population control than round-ups.

But the bureau counters fertility control is difficult, in part because the birth control drug wears off in less than two years.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Marguerita Choy)



Magi Universal Internet "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Ancient Universal Internet Connection Points

Possibly the most coveted of all ancient technology for the initiate is a connection to the Universal Internet. Even though our understanding of the potential of a modern internet is in its infancy the idea can be found in many ancient text as well. Best example of its power is the account of the Akashic Records an all-encompassing recording of all that ever was. Including a complete understanding of sacred geometry that was used to create the universe. Lucky for us a surprising amount of details were left by the Ancient Magi on how we can still reconnect to it.

First step is finding the right location on the Earth because special grids and Ley Lines surround our planet. Nature itself can help identify these spots with impressive rock formations. According to the extensive research of Richard C Hoagland at the 19.5 degree location volcanic activity will dominate on all larger bodies like Earth Volcano’s and the giant Red Spot storm on Jupiter.

Mount Cheminis - Canada - Split in half like two Pillars

Then you have to find the right composition of rock, some appears to work better than others. Just as a volcanic rock mountains may be considered holy. Another granite hill maybe considered cursed or evil. Some even say this effect will be amplified in the REM dream state explaining what happened in the mysterious Dyatlov Pass Incendent. So if a shaman wishes to communicate with God he may often fast and sleep on a holy mountain like in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Plus you have to keep in mind the two pillars of the first temple of King Solomon. Rock found that naturally takes this divided shape is ideal.
Controversial but an important element none the less is the shamanic experience. Consuming hallucinogenic mixtures is common across the globe from the Zoroastrian Arda Viraf Journey to the Ayahuasca drink found in the amazon or the pot of Soma carried by the Magi Goddess Saraswati. Even psychotropic mushrooms are found growing at the top of these sacred cliffs. Shockingly the entity’s contacted by shamans on the other side in a parallel dimension have similar appearance and offer same advice regardless of the Shamans nationality. Many skeptics of this method warn of the dangers of consuming mind altering substances, a short cut that has consequences over long term health. Notably a less toxic alternative for this effect can also be achieved from fasting but requires more self-discipline and concentration.

Table Connection found by Researcher - Jj Ainsworth

Sacred water pools used to mirror images are also a critical tool. It is what decodes hidden messages in light from the stars. Just like a computer crossover cable changes the signal from one side of the wire to the other. Plus a specific meditation is required t...


Confirmation of Corey Goode’s Testimony about Antarctica & Underground E.T Bases? "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

(Stillness in the Storm Editor) The following is testimony compiled by Linda Moulton Howe of regarding the existence of bases and facilities in Antarctica.

According to her source, Brian, there was a massive archeological dig that took place two miles beneath the ice, as reported in 2002. If true, this could be confirmation of what William Tompkins and Corey Goode have reported in their testimonies.

I cannot confirm if this account is accurate.

Thanks Enerchi for sharing this.

PS: I’ve included the full NavyUFO post below.

– Justin
SourceAscension With Earth

by Enerchi, September 16th 2016

I found this article from Linda Moulton Howe very interesting as it correlates some of the testimony presented by Corey Goode.  Whistle-blower Brian, a retired Navy Flight Engineer, has pinpointed locations on a map of Antarctica that show areas where underground E.T. bases are, including the inner earth entrance near the “no fly zone” next to the south pole.  Additional information about the suppression of an archaeological dig that found ancient civilization structures beneath the Antarctica ice. You can listen to Linda’s interview with Brian at the following link and continue reading the full article.

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Read more here …… 



“The U. S. government said it will seek to block the airing of a video
found by Navy rescuers in Antarctica that purportedly reveals that a massive
archaeological dig is underway two miles beneath the ice.”
– Monday, March 18, 2002, web news release at 5:25 AM EDT
from AMP, Atlantis Mapping Project, Washington, D. C.
“We were told not to talk among ourselves officially. But the guys after
a flight, you have a few beers and it’s like, ‘I heard these scientists talking about
that there’s some guys there at Pole that w...


Embarrased Pauline Hanson Admits To Self-Plagarisism "IndyWatch Feed Satire"


In an embarrassing admission after days of speculation, Senator Pauline Hanson has finally acknowledged that her maiden speech was accidentally plagiarised from her own earlier maiden speech delivered in 1996. “I guess I’ve done a Melania,” she said, adding she had cut and pasted the text from the earlier document, and had meant to remove it later but ran out of time.

The speech, presented to the Senate on Thursday, embarrassingly repeated the same themes, including exactly the same phrase, “we are being swamped by ________,” this time swapping “Muslims” into the phrase instead of “Asians.”

“It’s an innocent enough mistake, really, and I don’t know what all the fuss is about,” Ms Hanson opined, oblivious that people are outraged by her vicious bigotry and ignorance rather than her poor academic integrity.

But to make matters worse, The (un)Australian can reveal Ms Hanson’s 1996 maiden speech had itself plagarised had a 1947 maiden speech delivered by rogue Queensland  Country Party Senator Beryl Whitebread, who warned Australia was endanger of being swamped by Italians and Greeks.

Rebuffing the mockery of her critics, Hanson responded: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” inadvertently plagiarising Donald Trump, who had earlier misattributed the same quote o Indian Independence leader and adherent of Hinduism, Mahatma Gandhi.

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UN Refugee Summit: Turnbull Urges World Leaders To Surround Their Countries With Ocean "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

20 September, 2016 10:35 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton have used a United Nations summit to encourage world leaders to look to Australia’s strict border control policies as a way to get elected. The pair defended Australia’s controversial immigration policy at an unprecedented United Nations General Assembly meeting in New […]


Newsletter 129 Open Letter (3), University of Wollongong, Correcting UOW Academic’s Comments on Immunisation "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
University of Wollongong
19 September 2016

Dear Professor Alison Jones,
As I await your response to my previous email (16 September 2016)  I would like to address the comments about immunisation that have been promoted by the University of Wollongong (UOW) on its website. I note that you have signed your name, with 60 other academics, to the personal opinion made by Heather Yeatman in her professional capacity. However, it is necessary to point out that Heather Yeatman’s expertise is in nutrition, as President of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), and not immunisation, and she has made misleading and unsupported statements about immunisation in her comment.

Heather Yeatman’s comment was published on the UOW website on the 18 January 2016 – one week after my PhD was published on the UOW website. My PhD is a critique of the Australian government’s immunisation policies and yet her comment does not address the evidence I have presented in my in-depth study of Australia’s immunisation policies. I also note that you have supported her comment without reading my thesis. You have stated:

From what I’ve seen of the thesis it doesn’t represent the views of a science evidence-based approach” (Australian Skeptics Inc lobby group website).

Again, you have not provided any evidence for your claim that my research is not evidence-based and this is contradicted by the examiners and professors supporting my research. I will outline below the unsupported statements made in Heather Yeatman’s personal opinion of immunisation that you have supported. Unless these comments can be supported with evidence UOW academics are endangering human health by signing their names to this comment. This political strategy of UOW in promoting this comment has enabled lobby groups, such as the Australian Skeptics Inc group, to promote personal opinions of immunisation instead of researched information.

Here are the incorrect or unsupported statements made by Heather Yeatman (in bold below). The evidence for my comments is provided in my PhD thesis:

  1. Immunisation protects children and saves lives” . This generalisation is incorrect. Some children do not gain immunisation from vaccines and the adverse events (AE’s) to vaccines are under-reported in the population (PhD thesis Chapter 7). Until an accurate figure of AE’s is determined this statement is misleading and harmful to children’s health.
  2. For more than 50 years children have been immunised and it is one of our best success stories in public health”. This is incorrect. Vaccination campaigns started 50 years ago but they were voluntary and only recommended for one or two diseases at the time (PhD thesis Chapter 2 and 3). The schedule gradually increased but the government did not begin enforcing vaccination campaigns for multiple diseases until 1990 – after the diseases were controlled (Professor Fiona Stanley – Australian of the Year 2003) and childhood chronic illness increased at the same time as the use of vaccines increased. Correlation is not causation but this...


8 Songs to Kickstart a Sluggish Spirit. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Music can lift us, challenge us, sometimes even move us from anxious to contemplative.


Alex Jones (FULL SHOW Commercial Free) Monday 9/19/16: Dr. Michael Savage "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

ublished on Sep 19, 2016

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Natural Gas is the Wrong Choice for our Future Energy Supply "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Natural Gas is Mostly Methane

Natural gas will turn out to be wrong choice

From the Guest Opinion-Editorial Commentary by S. Thomas Bond, Charleston Gazette-Mail, September 18, 2016

It is now becoming clear that developing unconventional drilling for hydrocarbon fuels is the wrong choice. Two trends moving rapidly work against then: increasing population and global warming.

World population is over 7 billion and heading for 9 billion in a lifetime. Demographics, based on present population and birthrate, makes very dependable predictions.

An increasing part of the population in the developed world is going to be aged and require care, while younger people are increasingly disinclined to have children. However, in other parts of the world the population is increasing rapidly, and will continue to.

The human species combined weight is more than the weight of any other species. Something like one-half the world’s primary production on land (new growth) is devoted to feeding, clothing and sheltering our species. No single species has ever been so “successful.”

The world needs food, fiber, timber and other natural products to sustain humans. Otherwise, political unrest and vast population shifts are going to occur, and likely war and disease. Much of the immigration to Europe from the Middle East now is due to drought, rather than war, because food is not available.

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere absorbs infrared radiation by jumping to a higher vibrational state, thus converting radiation that would be reflected back into space into “sensible heat,” vibrational energy which can be transferred to all other molecules, and sensed by a thermometer, our skins, and everything else.

We are burning carbon in only a relatively few years derived from geologic layers of coal, oil and gas that have taken millions of years to lay down. The world put 39.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2015, 2.3 percent more than the previous year, not including carbon dioxide that comes from wildfires.

We need energy. We couldn’t sustain our present population without it. Fortunately, there are other ways to get it. We have crippled our species by not developing something else sooner.

In the early days of drilling, gas was no more than an unwanted byproduct, as it is in the remote Bakken field in the U.S. and in Russia. It is simply burned off into the air. Today with fracking, gas gives the illusion of providing cost effective energy.

I say illusion, because much of the cost is ignored. It destroys large areas of the surface, contaminates aquifers, and dumps carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, not as much as coal, but about 57 percent, by weight. In effect, burning carbon is destroying the earth’s capacity to sustain life, including human life.

In addition, the methane is lost into the atmosphere in sufficient quantity to be a an additional serious global warming gas; in fact, the second most important one due to man. These are real costs of gas, but never taken into the accounting. Gas’ balance sheet has no debit side in public discussion. Environmentally, its primary advantage is not having the secondary contamination of coal, including sulfur, phosphorus, heavy metals and particulate matter.

It would be much better to phase out coal for electrici...


The Savage Nation- Michael Savage- September 19th, 2016 (Full Show + Tru... "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Published on Sep 19, 2016
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The Central Banks Have Prepared The Economy For A 50% Market Collapse - ... "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Published on Sep 19, 2016
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Ken Rogoff pushing for negative interest rates and a cashless society. The Fed has prepared the economy for a 50% market crash. US Congress says the enormous debt is now a national security issue. The central bankers are preparing to transition the US dollar into the SDR. Which means the everyday person is going to feel the economic pain.

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Kristie Wolfe Builds Underground Home in Rural WA Hobbit Village "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Please read my comments below this blog post. This project could have been significantly improved by using earthbags instead of wood framing.

“Inspired by the success of the Hawaii treehouse she built for $11,000, Kristie Wolfe began searching for land to build a “Hobbit”-inspired village. Knowing that there is land to be found for cheap in this country (she bought her Hawaii property for $8,000), she began to search the Northwest for sites.

“There’s a lot of land everywhere, if you look on craigslist, if you look on zillow, you can find property so it’s not really that there’s not a lot. The issue is with property that’s in my price range- I’m looking for property that’s $10,000 to 20,000- usually there’s a reason why it’s cheap, it’s either an easement problem or you have to drive through a crappy neighborhood… but if you’re wanting to be off-grid, it opens up a whole world of selections, there’s a ton out there.”

Wolfe paid $18,000 for 5 acres on a hillside above Lake Chelan, Washington. Being a couple miles down a dirt road, there was no option to be on the grid so Wolfe put in a solar panel, septic and a water tank (filled by truck for now) and began to dig the first of her underground homes.

At 288 square feet, Wolfe’s “tiny house in the shire” was over the maximum square footage allowed for an un-permitted build so she went to the county for approval. With only hand-sketched plans on graph paper, she was able to get a permit.

The structure went up in a few days “with a lot of help from family and friends” and it was “wrapped and roofed” in a few weeks and then Wolfe finished the interior on her own.

She doesn’t plan to change much of her design except to make the windows larger. The completed “village” will include an above-ground communal kitchen built to look like a thatched-roof English-style pub.”

Thanks to Kirsten Dirksen for another great video. As wonderful looking as this hobbit house is, I just moaned a loud ohhhh no when I saw they framed it with toxic pressure treated wood. This is such a shame, such a lost opportunity. This type of structure (underground or earth bermed with living roof) is PERFECT for earthbags. As long-time readers already know, earthbags (sand bags) are used to retain soil along highways and to build other similar projects. Based on testing, the US Dept. of Transportation estimates polypropylene sand bags can last over 500 years. Still not sure if earthbags are strong enough? Just look at the giant sand bag/earthbag retaining wall in this blog post. Giant retaining walls like this are designed by geotextile engineers. It’s a sub field of engineering. My point is earthbag technology is extremely well proven to retain the massive forces against underground structures and retaining walls.

In addition to the above suggestions, consider making a curved back wall with horizontal layers of geotextile fabric for even greater strength. See how Jake is building is earthbag earthship: His engineer and architect can get a structure like this code approved at lower cost, and it would be stronger, more durable, nontoxic and more sustainable.



Dragon’s Tale – The Casino where Role-Play and Gambling Meet "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Church & State Unity. America Speaks As a Dragon. Sabbath Keepers Being ... "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Published on Sep 19, 2016
"It is our privilege to have faith and salvation. The power of God has not decreased. His power, I saw, would be just as freely bestowed now as formerly. It is the church of God that have lost their faith to claim, their energy to wrestle, as did Jacob, crying: “I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me.” Enduring faith has been dying away. It must be revived in the hearts of God's people. There must be a claiming of the blessing of God. Faith, living faith, always bears upward to God and glory; unbelief, downward to darkness and death." - TC Vol.1, 144


The Street Style of Armenian Women "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Anush Babajanyan, “Lora” and “Gayane” (all photos courtesy the artist)

Since 2008, the Armenia-based documentary photographer Anush Babajanyan has captured, in her words, “the brightest strangers in Armenia.” These are women she’s approached while walking the streets of Yerevan. She’s drawn to them for their bold and unique outfits that, in marrying items from different eras, seem otherworldly.

Armenian women, Babajanyan says, are “often restrained” in their dress, with many following fashion trends strictly. Given the ways her subjects blend materials and accessories, colors and patterns, it’s hard to imagine them not standing out in most settings. But Babajanyan notes that these women particularly surprise her in light of the traditionally conservative position of women in Armenian society.


Anush Babajanyan, “Sveta” (click to enlarge)

“These women are role models of self expression,” she told Hyperallergic. “Their looks symbolize a visual action against restrained, subdued behavior and feeling, which many women have when in a relationship or married to men in Armenia. The women in this series have no relation to that expectation of submissiveness — this is how their public appearance is an act of empowerment for other women.”

Inlandish originally began as a project while Babajanyan was studying at the Caucasus Media Institute. The title is a made-up word, a deviation of “outlandish.”

“So much of these women’s outer world is connected with their inner spirit, this inside-out living made me think of the word ‘Inlandish,‘” Babajanyan said. The images are classic street-style portraits, featuring individuals against backdrops that offer glimpses of Yerevan, from an entrance with peeling paint to a graffiti-covered wall to a large advertisement for Coke. After approaching the women, Babajanyan typically spends about an hour with them to learn more about their lives; she then takes their portraits, by which time most women are pose with comfort. A recap of each conversation accompanies the corresponding photograph on her website. From a politician to a painter, to a pen vendor who paints her nails to match her pens, the women touch upon their life choices; stitched together into a series, the images and stori...


A New Machine "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Don Buchla with one of his instruments.

Don Buchla invented some of the first electronic instruments—not synthesizers, he insisted, but electronic instruments. To him, the word synthesizer implied some attempt at emulation, as if these new machine could do nothing more than imitate the old. To his ears, a machine offered an aural palette every bit as distinct as a trumpet’s or a clarinet’s. It was only marketing that made listeners hear something derivative in them.

An instrument has to exist long before performance techniques can be developed and a repertoire arises,” he told Keyboard Magazine in the eighties, explaining why there are so few new sounds in the world:

Because of this, the market for the instrument doesn’t exist for many years after the R&D that goes into developing a truly new instrument. With short-term profits a primary motive, the big corporations are simply not interested … When you open up those other possibilities, you'll alienate the people who are coming from a rock-band orientation and want instant gratification. They don’t want to have to figure out some other relationship between their actions and the instrument’s response. 

Buchla died last week at age seventy-nine. In the early sixties, he invented—independently, but at roughly the same moment as Robert Moog—the voltage-controlled modular synthesizer. You have seen these instruments: they’re hulking contraptions with a seemingly excessive number of wires and knobs, often encountered in the homes of audiophiles, Germans with pencil-thin mustaches, and that one quiet pale kid from your freshman hall.

The difference between Buchla and the more famous Moog was as much conceptual as it was technical. Jon Pareles’s remembrance in the New York Times gets at a key distinction by way of nomenclature:

While the modules of Moog synthesizers had straightforward names out of electrical engineering—oscillators to generate tones, filters to modify them—Mr. Buchla’s instruments had modules with more colorful names, like Multiple Arbitrary Function Generator, Quad Dynamics Manager and, for his random-voltage noise generator, Source of Uncertainty.

Buchla’s design philosophy encouraged uncertainty: he wanted his instruments to help us shed our musical preconceptions. In a great interview with Polyphony Magazine, he said, “We’re tradition bound … Music as we know it is rooted in a great deal of tradition, and is resistant to change on many levels: the instrumental, the performance, and the listening levels … I’d like to investigate the sonic experience in a very general way.”

His friend Morton Subotnick, an avant-garde musician who commissioned the first Buchla machine, conducted exactly those sorts of investigations. And investigations feels like the only apt word; it explains why compositions like “The Wild Bull” still have the dangerous, bumptious air of the frontier about them, decades later:

Subotnick remembered Bucha in a conversation with the Guardian’s Geeta Dayal this week: “...


The Truth About Tic Disorders | “Whoa! What causes these, anyway? And how do I show them the door?” "IndyWatch Feed Health"

How to stop tics

Do I have Tourette’s

You’ve dealt with tics off-and-on for years. I mean, you’ve kept your stress under control, used cognitive and behavioral techniques, and learned how to cover for them. So they’ve been a minor inconvenience. Well, now they’re worse than ever. Stunned, you’re asking some serious questions about cause and how to make them go away. Yeah, “Whoa!”

PET and SPECT imaging have revealed abnormal patterns of blood flow and metabolism in the basal ganglia, thalamus, and frontal and temporal cortical areas. Also involved may be the anterior cingulate cortex.

Okay, this is the third and final article in our tic disorders series. We kicked things off with The Truth About Tic Disorders | Challenging Stigma, Restoring Lives, and moved-on to The Truth About Tic Disorders | The Chummy and Tricky Coexistence of OCD and Tics/Tourette Syndrome.

Let’s wrap things up by learning about cause and treatment…

What Causes Tics?

You know what’s coming, right? No one knows for sure what causes tics. Why does it always have to go down that way with most anything a mood or anxiety disorder sufferer may be dealing with? Kind of goes along with no one knowing why psychotropic meds work (if and when they do).

Frustrating, isn’t it?!

There was a time when emotional issues were believed to be the primary cause of tics. But those days are gone, as it’s being discovered that biochemical and structural abnormalities may exist in the brains of those enduring tics.

In on the action are believed to be the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, along with the intracellular signaling molecule (“second messenger”) cyclic AMP.

And then there’s the anatomy of it all. PET and SPECT imaging have revealed abnormal patterns of blood flow and metabolism in the basal ganglia, thalamus, and frontal and temporal cortical areas. Also involved may be the anterior cingulate cortex.

Would it surprise you that genetic factors are present in 75% of tic disorder cases? Though no single gene has been found to be the culprit, tics are definitely a family thing.

Prescription and recreational drugs may generate and/or exacerbate tics. The most common are stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) and pemoline (Cylert), amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall), other amphetamines, and cocaine. To a smaller degree, tics may be worsened by anticonvulsa...


The Magazine that Unflinchingly Chronicled LA’s Nascent Punk Scene "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


‘Slash’ magazine cover featuring Blondie’s Debbie Harry (all images courtesy Hat & Beard Press)

Most people don’t associate Los Angeles with a thriving punk scene. But Slash magazine, in a short run from 1977 to 1980, offered proof of a gritty punk subculture teeming in the balmy Southern California climate.

The weekly publication started as an art project by then-couple Steve Samiof and Melanie Nissen, Slash’s co-founders. They were deeply entrenched in the punk and new wave scene, and wanted to showcase Nissen’s photography that chronicled it. So in 1977, they founded Slash, combining Nissen’s documentarian lens with original interviews, album reviews, flyers for upcoming shows, as well as other artistic contributions from their friends.


‘Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977–80’ (click to enlarge)

After nearly 40 years, the print issues of Slash have been anthologized into a book, Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977–80, released by Hat & Beard Press. The book includes reproductions of all 29 print covers, featuring punk icons such as Debbie Harry, Johnny Rotten, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as noteworthy interviews and reviews. New essays and Q&A’s from former writers and people in the scene have been added for context, and so has a folder filled with reproductions of flyers of 77 notable bands like Germs, Screamers, Weirdos, The Bags, X, Catholic Discipline, The Zeros, The Go-Go’s, and others.

Slash discerned itself and the Los Angeles music scene by introducing an unlikely optimistic vision of punk with an opening statement published in the first issue of the magazine:



The Unseen Realm with Dr. Michael Heiser on The Hagmann Report - 9/19/2016 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


Challenging Ourselves to be Better at Helping Others. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

On September 19th, the United Nations General Assembly will conduct a day-long summit discussing “large movement of refugees and migrants” and the opportunity to develop a plan for a better international response.


Pipeline Leak Plunges Deep South Into Emergency: Long Lines and “Panic Gasoline Buying” "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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This article was written by Tyler Durden and originally published at Zero Hedge.

Editor’s Comment: This is how quickly things can unravel. The Colonial Pipeline leak has barely made the news, and yet much of the entire Deep South is facing shortages at the pump, long lines, price gouging and limited amounts through rationing. Although officials expect things to return to normal within a few days, the population is already facing pressure as a result of this issue.

Just imagine if the problem had been bigger or more widespread. Society carries on each day with the illusion of permanence and stability, but the true is that it is so vulnerable, that all it takes is one flash crisis, and things devolve within a matter of hours. Worse, there is no way of predicting what kind of crisis will/could hit your area. All we can do is be as prepared as possible for all major contingencies, and made do on that basis for anything else that may fall outside of that range.

“Panic Gasoline Buying” In Southeast Leads To “Massive Lines”, Gas Shortages, Price Gouging

by Tyler Durden

As reported over the weekend, the Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to New York, began leaking on September 9, spilling 250,000 gallons of gasoline, or 6,000 barrels. The pipeline was built in 1962, and the current leak in Helena, Alabama, is the largest one Colonial Pipeline has experienced in 20 years.

As a result, various states in the Southeast, including Alabama, Tennessee, & Georgia declared states of emergency ahead of what could be substantial gas shortages, with North Carolina and Virginia joining earlier today.

For the Nashville area, however, this escalation achieved the opposite effect of the intended outcome: as the Tennessian reports, in the “panic-driven” rush to Nashville area gas stations to load up in advance of what would be higher prices if not outright shortages, motorists scrambled to load up, leading some stations to run out of gas while others reported long lines.

Ironically, the leaking Colonial Pipeline doesn’t even regularly supply Tennessee, said Emily Leroy, executive director of the Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association. However, that did not matter to local residents  And, Leroy adds, “Panic buying is the worst thing that can happen under any circumstance.”

According to the paper, Nashville experienced similar panic in September 2008 after Hurricane Ike hit Texas. Officials estimated then that abo...


Federal Judge Rules Bitcoin is Money in US Trial "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A federal judge in New York has ruled that bitcoin constitutes a form of money.



Wrap Choker Necklace (Tutorial) "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Rena Klingenberg. The leather wrap choker necklace that was popular in the 1970’s has made a strong comeback. (I have also seen this renewed style being called a “bolo necklace”.) This necklace style is basically a long cord that wraps around the throat, with long or short ends that usually have some sort of […]


When Art and Design Got High on Hippie Utopianism "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Clark Richert, Richard Kallweit, Gene Bernofsky, JoAnn Bernofsky, and Charles DiJulio, The Ultimate Painting (1966/2011)

Clark Richert, Richard Kallweit, Gene Bernofsky, JoAnn Bernofsky, and Charles DiJulio, “The Ultimate Painting” (1966/2011) (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Sometimes, taking a wider view of art history can create a more expansive curatorial vision. Previously the senior curator of Design, Research, and Publishing, and later the curator of Architecture and Design at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Andrew Blauvelt developed a wider take on which elements of cultural production contribute to art movements. He brought this perspective to Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, an exhibition that was five years in-the-making before it expanded into the Walker’s 14,000 square-foot floor plan in 2015. Hippie Modernism (with the exception of a few artworks) is now at the Cranbrook Art Museum, following on Blauvelt’s heels in his new appointment as the director of the museum. The exhibition offers a fascinating look at the merging of hippie values with a modern design sensibility and how it sparked unique cultural production far outside the highly commoditized art market inflamed by Pop Art.

“From a design perspective, it’s all the creation of artifacts, the creation of the lifestyle — so all the accessories or the props, in some cases, that would be necessary to stage post-revolutionary life,” said Blauvelt, defining Hippie Modernism as a movement, in an interview with Hyperallergic. “As a designer, I understand that design is always prototyping things — it’s a modeling exercise, basically. Your building is going to look like this, your brand will look like that — and it’s the same thing here, except it’s done for everyday life.”

Archigram (Michael Webb), Cushicale—Opening Sequence (1966)

Archigram (Michael Webb), “Cushicale—Opening Sequence” (1966)

The first seeds for the show were planted by Blauvelt’s chance encounter with the term “Hippie Modernism,” mentioned in passing by Lorraine Wild in the context of the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s design program of the 1970s. Blauvelt revisited the concept as he became interested in the Italian radical architecture movements, with well-known contributors such as Archizoom and Superstudio, as well as other, more fringe, activity. “You [only] get so much space, as a curator, and the Italian radical architecture was sort of going to be a smaller show,” said Blauvelt, “And then they just kept adding more galleries [at the Walker].”

Hippie Modernism is a far-r...


Gertrud Arndt: Photo Pioneer of Female ‘Self-Disguise’ "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

51zi7gBPR3LOn the 20th of September 1903, German Bauhaus photographer Gertrud Arndt was born in Hantschk Ratibor, Upper Silesia. Arndt studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau (under Klee, Gropius and Itten), where she subsequently also taught. Her primary discipline was weaving, her textile designs showcasing the rigid geometric pattern-making typical of the Bauhaus aesthetic.

“She must have felt so optimistic. When Gertrud Arndt arrived at the Bauhaus school of art and design in 1923, she was a gifted, spirited 20-year-old who had won a scholarship to pay for her studies. Having spent several years working as an apprentice to a firm of architects, she had set her heart on studying architecture. No chance. The Bauhaus was in tumult because of the long-running battle between its founding director, the architect Walter Gropius, and one of its most charismatic teachers, Johannes Itten, who wanted to use the school as a vehicle for his quasi-spiritual approach to art and design. Arndt was told that there was no architecture course for her to join and was dispatched to the weaving workshop. Not that she was alone. Most of the other female students had been forced to study the supposedly “feminine” subjects of weaving or ceramics too. The Bauhaus Archive in Berlin is now trying to make amends to the women like them, who felt marginalized at the school, by celebrating their work in the “Female Bauhaus” series of exhibitions, the latest of which is devoted to Arndt.” (Alice Rawsthorn, ‘Female Pioneers of the Bauhaus’, The New York Times, March 22, 2013). Why did a supposedly progressive school turn out to be so misogynistic? The Bauhaus, which ran from 1919 to 1933, was not always unfair to women. It was only in the early years that female students were relegated to particular courses, despite Gropius’s claim in the school’s manifesto that it welcomed “any person of good repute, without regard to age or sex.” The situation improved after Gropius succeeded in ousting Itten in 1923 and replacGertrud 1ed him with the radical Hungarian artist and designer Laszlo Moholy-Nagy; unfortunately Arndt was too late to directly benefit from these changes.

In her private photographic studies, however, Arndt revealed a completely different, unique and confident style. “The photographic work of Arndt was relatively unknown until she first exhibited her self-portraits in 1979 at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Although her photographic period lasted less than five years, Arndt ended up taking portraits, photographing herself and her friends in a range of costumes, hairstyles, facial expressions and stage settings. Creating various atmospheres in these works, ranging from severe to absurd to playful, these photographs were to become her Masked Portraits and are considered by art critics to be the predecessors to the works of Cindy Sherman.” (Angela Connor, ‘Before Cindy Sherman came Gertrud Arndt’, Berlin Art Link, Mond...


L’Hermitage in Summer, Pontoise, Camille Pissarro, 1877 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

L’Hermitage in Summer, Pontoise, Camille Pissarro, 1877


A Survey of Art from the Middle East and North Africa Puts Geometry Before Politics "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Rokni Haerizadeh,

Rokni Haerizadeh, “But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise” (2014), gesso, watercolor, and ink on inkjet prints, 18 parts from a 24-part work, 30 x 40 cm each, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2015.89 (© Rokni Haerizadeh, photo by Ramin Haerizadeh) (click to enlarge)

Taking its title, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, from a painting in the exhibition by the exiled Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh, the third edition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative focuses on contemporary art from the Middle East and North Africa. Curator Sarah Raza refers to her lean exhibition in the press release as an “intricate jigsaw puzzle,” bringing together pieces by 17 artists from regions that include Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The show examines issues of migration, colonialism, and history through the prism of geometry. Raza claims, also in the press release for the show, that its “confluence of narratives thus ‘smuggles’ certain inconvenient truths about history and memory into the realm of the exhibition.” However — Haeirzadeh’s subversive painting notwithstanding — the choice of works stays clear from the more violent concerns of territory, nationalism, and identity that have rocked the Middle East and been central to the work of many artists from the region. Shielded under the canopy of geometry and architecture, the show is a tame though aesthetically pleasing display of art that refers to the turmoil of Middle Eastern politics only tangentially.


Nigerian Students Scammed By Alabama State University "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A group of 37 international students from Nigeria are suing Alabama State University over the school's practice of withholding scholarship funds sent by the Nigerian government for their benefit (archived). In their defense, the school alleges a mysterious official from the Nigerian government directed them not to disburse the remaining balance of the scholarships after tuition and required fees to the students. Per the conditions attached to the scholarships these funds were to be directed to the students so that they could pay their expenses incurred which are not billed by the university. The extent to which Alabama State managed to keep these students from accessing their scholarship funds however kept students from even paying tuition to take classes at the university during the summer term, because of instructions the University alleges it received from the mystery government official. The school further alleges the instructions directed returning surplus funds to a "Nigerian Government account." Sorry for your loss.


Depression, Antidepressants, and Expectancy "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Researchers have identified that antidepressants do not perform much better than placebo pills in a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and that the small difference between antidepressant and placebo efficacy is clinically insignificant (Kirsch, 2010; Moncrieff, J., & Kirsch, 2015; Schultz, 2015; Spielmans, 2015).

Further, even the small difference between antidepressant and placebo efficacy could be the result of an enhanced placebo effect caused by antidepressant side effects. That is, study participants entering a RCT are told they will receive either an antidepressant or a placebo. They are told that the antidepressant they may receive often produces side effects such as dry mouth, upset stomach, etc. Kirsch (2010) illustrated the importance of side effects in the following passage:

Now if I were a patient in one of these trials, I would wonder to which condition I had been assigned. Had I been put in the active-drug group or in the placebo group? Hmm. My mouth is getting dry, and I’m beginning to feel a little nauseous. Normally, I might feel distressed by these symptoms, but I have been informed that these are side effects of the active drug. So instead of feeling distressed, I am elated. My dry mouth and nauseous stomach tell me that I have been given the active drug, rather than placebo. I’m starting to feel better already. (p. 15)

When individuals are able to identify which group they belong to in a RCT, they are said to “break blind”. This is important because RCTs are blinded precisely to minimize the effects of participants’ expectancies, which can distort the measurement of drug efficacy. The largest study investigating how often participants break blind in an antidepressant RCT identified that 78% of participants were able to accurately identify the group they’d been assigned to (Rabkin et al., 1986).

The prevalence of participants breaking blind also suggests that the tiny difference between antidepressant and placebo efficacy is due to participants’ enhanced expectancies. This possibility has been studied. For instance, researchers conducted a study in which side effects were controlled for in the measurement of participant improvement. They found that when side effects are controlled for, there is no statistically significant difference between drug and placebo (Barbui, Cipriani, and Kirsch, 2009). Along similar lines, most studies in which antidepressants are compared to active placebos (placebos that have similar side effects to antidepressants but are not antidepressants themselves) are unable to identify a statistically significant difference in participants’ improvement (Moncrieff, Wessely, & Hardy, 2004). Deacon and Spielmans (in press) suggested that more recent research is not conducted on the scant difference between antidepressant and active placebos because such research would “lack appeal for commercial purposes” (p. 6).

On top of all of this, comparator trials -- which are used to compare the effects of different antidepressants to one another, and do not include a placebo group -- have significantly larger rates of participant improvement compared to placebo controlled trials (Sneed et al., 2008). In other words, those receiving, for instance, citalopram in a comparator trial improve significantly more than those receiving citalopram in a placebo-controlled trial. This suggests that participant confidence that they are receiving an active medication plays a significant role in clinical improvement they are likely to experience.

This idea – that participants’ expectation of receiving medication can influence medication efficacy – has been substantiated by a new study. Rutherford et al. (2016), which builds on a previously conducted pilot study, compared the rates of participant improvement in an open group -- where participants knew they were certain to receive citalopram (an antidepressant) --......


The Hillary’s Health Bingo Game! "IndyWatch Feed Comics"


A quick cartoon graphic I dashed out today. Stay tooned more to come!   Thank you for the support!  Patreon


a maniac who prefers to throw money and violence at every... "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

a maniac who prefers to throw money and violence at every problem in equal measure vs a candidate who just wants to put a smile on everybody’s face? it checks out.


Recommended: Anonimus Big Band – “Mar Rojo” "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  The Anonimus Big Band doesn’t hold back at all, displaying an eager willingness to toss around the weight of its 17-member outfit’s huge sound.  So, it’s a nice surprise to hear just how tuneful Mar Rojo reveals itself to be.  The melody of “Snake” unfurls lightly and is carried away on the shoulders of […]


14 Days of Free Online Yoga—Go Beyond your Fears & Take the Challenge. {Partner} "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

You know it's good for you. You know it makes you feel amazing, but somehow you can't find even 10 minutes in your day to fit in yoga—with its delicious


First Country Emerges To Ban Plastic Cutlery, Plates and Cups - Edible Utensils An Alternative Solution "IndyWatch Feed Health"

No microbe in the history of the Earth has ever evolved to break down plastic. At least none that we know of. Until we discover an army of plastic-eating microbes to combat the increasing pollution spreading across our oceans, we must take more proactive measures in resolving our love for the most controversial polymer. France is leading the charge and other nations should follow suit as they embark on another big step towards being more environmentally conscious by implementing a new law that will ban plastic cutlery, plates and cups.


Skinheads, Patterned Sweaters, and Other Favorites from the NY Art Book Fair "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Blood on Paper, by Elena Foster and Rowan Watson

‘Blood on Paper’ by Elena Foster and Rowan Watson

I made the bold decision to venture into the NY Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1. There were throngs of people examining books, chatting about books, buying books, and having books thrust upon them. I wandered about for a while, letting the spirit take me where it willed. I found the fair to generally skew to the young hipster vibe: lots of asymmetrical hairdos, errant bits of face metal, and plenty of naked ankles showing. It also seem suffused with a vibe of curiosity, an attitude that’s more, “Well, this looks interesting and non-canonical; I’ll give it some time,” rather than the stuffy, almost mercenary air of typical large-scale art fairs. I found a few objects that were intriguing and even captivating.

Charted Patterns for Sweaters That Talk Back by Lisa Anne Auerbach

Charted Patterns for Sweaters That Talk Back by Lisa Anne Auerbach

‘Charted Patterns for Sweaters That Talk Back’ by Lisa Anne Auerbach

Charted Patterns for Sweaters That Talk Back by Lisa Anne Auerbach

‘Charted Patterns for Sweaters That Talk Back’ by Lisa Anne Auerbach

Where: Printed Matter, New York (Main Hall, Main Building)

I really appreciated this book, because the patterns are funny, snarky and unapologetically political in sensibility. From what I read elsewhere, Auerbach’s artistic practice consists of zine making, photography, and knitting — she’s evidently combined them in this project. It’s difficult to toe the line of being funny without being disposable, political without being tedious, and educational without being boring, but Auerbach does all of the above.

She gives the step-by-step instructions on how to knit sweaters and skirts featuring a variety of pointed slogans, which are generally positive and indicate that the author is woke AF. There are instructions for making the “If nothing changes, it changes...


Street art in Denver, USA "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


“The Tortoise & Harriet”
Street art in Denver, USA,
by Spanish artist Dulk.
Photo by Dulk.

Tagged: graffiti, street art


Fujifilm is Developing a Square Format Instax Camera and Instant Film "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


Fuji made two announcements today. The first, a mirrorless medium format digital camera, rocked the industry. The second… is less dramatic. Fuji is currently developing a square format instant camera and square format Instax instant film.

Fuji took Photokina as an opportunity to announce that the “next generation format ‘instax SQUARE format film’ and ‘instax SQUARE camera’ are currently under development and coming “next Spring.” This just two weeks after releasing the much-requested black and white instant film for their Mini line.

Details, so far, are a little sparse. Fuji has created a landing page for the format full of copy so high minded this writer was a touch concerned it was an April Fools’ joke come either very early or very late.

An unsurpassed instant camera that is triggered by the heart

A photograph reflects the one who took it. The world spread out before you and the emotions that rise differ from moment to moment.
A camera that lets you intuitively capture the subtleties of the heart and passing moments in a square world, preserving it in physical form: instax SQUARE.
A brand new device that stimulates your creativity and arouses your curiosity is born.

That and another poetic stanza contain all the details Fuji is divulging for now, so stay tuned because there is undoubtedly more to come. In the meantime, click here to visit the Instax SQUARE landing page.


As Terror Attacks Hit Home, U.S. Caught “Bombing Syria to Aid ISIS” "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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Terrorism has again gripped the homeland, and there is circular causality in all of it.

Are we so distracted by what happens with the right hand, that we cannot see what the left hand is doing?

The nation is in a state of shock after one of the largest terror attacks ever conducted on American soil.

The bombing in Chelsea, and another bomb that was found but didn’t go off, once again brings terrorism to the fore in America, and just ahead of the elections.

Officers in New Jersey have now apprehended that man they claim carried out the bombing attacks. Ahmad Khan Rahami was reportedly sighted sleeping on the steps of the bar, prompting officers to wake him identify him as the wanted man with a beard. But a shootout and chase ensued from that point.

According to the NY Times:

The man believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was taken into custody on Monday after he was wounded in a gunfight with the police, according to law enforcement officials.

The dramatic episode on a rain-soaked street in Linden, N.J., came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents in the area telling them to be on the lookout for Mr. Rahami, 28, who was described as “armed and dangerous.”

All sides are preparing the political and security response to these seemingly random and unpredictable attacks. There may be no end in sight. America is forced to live under a cloud of terror.

But overseas, it is a different story.

There, U.S. action has been blamed for supporting terrorism.


In the larger Syrian conflict, the United States has been accused of firing on Syrian forces in Deir al-Zour to support the advance of the al Nusra front.

The U.S. admits the bombing took place, but claims it was a mistake. However, it is adding further strain between the Americans and Russians.

As Brandon Turbeville wrote:



Urtica dioica protected the dopaminergic neurons probably by reducing mito-oxidative damage, neuroinflammation, and cellular alteration. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Mol Neurobiol. 2016 Sep 13. Epub 2016 Sep 13. PMID: 27624385 Abstract Title:  Antioxidant-Rich Fraction of Urtica dioica Mediated Rescue of Striatal Mito-Oxidative Damage in MPTP-Induced Behavioral, Cellular, and Neurochemical Alterations in Rats. Abstract:  Parkinson's disease (PD) having a complex and multi-factorial neuropathology includes mainly the degeneration of the dopaminergic nigrostriatal pathway, which is a cumulative effect of depleted endogenous antioxidant enzymes, increased oxidative DNA damage, mitochondrial dysfunction, excitotoxicity, and neuroinflammation. The present study was designed to investigate the neuroprotective effect of a potent antioxidant from Urtica dioica in a 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) model of parkinsonism. MPTP was administered intranigrally for the induction of PD in male Wistar rats. Behavioral alterations were assessed in between the study period. Animals were sacrificed immediately after behavioral session, and different biochemical, cellular, and neurochemical parameters were measured. Intranigrally repeated administration of MPTP showed significant impairment of motor co-ordination and marked increase of mito-oxidative damage and neuroinflammation in rats. Intranigral MPTP significantly decreases the dopamine and its metabolites with impairment of dopaminergic cell density in rat brain. However, post-treatment with the potent antioxidant fraction of Urtica dioica Linn. (UD) (20, 40, 80 mg/kg) improved the motor function, mito-oxidative defense alteration significantly and dose dependently in MPTP-treated rats. In addition, the potent antioxidant fraction of UD attenuated the pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α and IL-β) and restored the level of dopamine and its metabolites in MPTP-induced PD in rats. Moreover, minocycline (30 mg/kg) with lower dose of UD (20 mg/kg) had significantly potentiated the protective effect of minocycline as compared to its effect with other individual drug-treated groups. In conclusion, Urtica dioica protected the dopaminergic neurons probablyby reducing mito-oxidative damage, neuroinflammation, and cellular alteration along with enhanced neurotrophic potential. The above results revealed that the antioxidant rich fraction of UD contain flavonoids and phenolic compounds, which have a promising approach in therapeutics of PD.


Cash Seized By NYPD Uncounted And Untracked "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The NYPD is seizing so much money through it civil assets forfeiture laws that counting it all would cause their Property and Evidence Tracking System (PETS) to crash due to the volume. NYPD's Assistant Deputy Commissioner Robert Messner stated he "no idea how much money it took in as evidence, nor did it have a way of reporting it" as "a manual count of over half a million invoices each year” would be required. Officials claim that an overhaul of the 4 year old PET system would be required to perform the necessary accounting. (archived)


Purse and Unocoin Partner to ‘Drive Indian Bitcoin Adoption’ "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin shopping platform today announced a partnership with leading Indian cryptocurrency exchange Unocoin. Bitcoiners can use Purse to get 15-22 percent discounts on

Also Read: Unocoin Expands, Wants to ‘Take Bitcoin to Billions’

Purse and Unocoin Want to Encourage More Indian Bitcoin Use

purseBitcoin use in India is growing rapidly, so Purse wants Indian residents to take advantage of its e-commerce platform. By the same token, the company said it is dedicated to providing a seamless shopping experience for bitcoin users.

Amazon is steadily becoming one of the largest online marketplaces in the region. The company also recently announced it would comply with Indian e-commerce rules, which allow greater foreign investment but restrict the discounts merchants can offer directly.

Purse leverages unspent gift card liquidity to provide Amazon discounts. The platform matches buyers with individuals who have illiquid gift card balances, then orders items at a discounted rate. The card holders receive bitcoin, which they can then exchange for rupees using Unocoin.

Purse founder and CEO Andrew Lee spoke with and said:

We’re thrilled to partner with Unocoin to drive global Bitcoin adoption. India has been a critical market for us on the gift card seller side of the marketplace, and recently we’ve seen triple digit percentage monthly growth on We’re excited about continuing to drive global user adoption through clear cut use cases and partnerships.

Unocoin Expansion Plus Purse Discounts Will Complement Indian Bitcoin Ecosystem

unocoin-jpgUnocoin’s business is expanding, and the company has recently added new features. This includes an OTC marketplace and a new iOS app.

Abhinand Kaseti, Unocoin co-founder and CMO, said the Indian B...


Truly remarkable! Bird revived back to LIFE by another bird "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

This is the heart-warming moment a stubborn bird saved his friend’s life by trying to revive it after it hit a window.
The scene, filmed in Saudi Arabia, was posted on LiveLeak by a baffled eyewitness.
It shows a nervous robin slapping its wings as he tries to give its pal – who lies unconscious on its back – the ‘kiss of life’ to revive it.
It is believed the other robin was knocked out by flying into a glass window.
The generous bird does not give up on his friend’s life and keeps stroking it with its beak – but the robin does not move and lies on its back unconscious.
The first bird then changes tactics and tries to move the fallen robin to turn it around.
Finally, slowly, the bird starts flapping its wings and regains consciousness.
The last peck sends the injured bird flying, followed by his saviour.


Baby Pigs For Sale Online Could Have Been Used As Dogfighting Bait "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We may not know how long the three baby pigs from a Philadelphia classified ad had spent packed inside a filthy box, left outside under the searing sun.

And there's no telling how much worse it could have gotten for them.

But Robert Misseri has an idea.

"There's no question," Misseri, founder of animal welfare organization Guardians of Rescue , tells The Dodo. "[The pigs] were never going to be someone's pets. No one would have taken them as pets. They would have either been slaughtered or used for some kind of torture, such as dogfighting."

Guardians of Rescue

Volunteers with Guardians of Rescue, based in New York City, didn't come across these pigs for sale by accident — the organization's investigators are constantly scanning online classifieds sites like Craigslist or forums on Facebook, looking for animals in trouble. Recently, rescuers found three such animals in an online classified ad.

The team then reached out to the seller in Philadelphia and soon learned he had no reservations about who bought the piglets — as long as he got $30 for each of them. Or, at least, $75 for all three.

Guardians of Rescue

Pretending to be buyers, the investigators from Guardians of Rescue hinted they owned fighting dogs and were looking to use the pigs as as bait . The undercover team suggested the pigs would be used to work up the dogs into a frenzy before a fight. In other words, they would be torn apart.

"We were using dogfighting lingo," Misseri explains. "[The seller] had no problem with us using them as bait."

Guardians of Rescue

Instead of purchasing the pigs, however, when the group descended on the row house in Philadelphia to meet the seller, they convinced him to surrender the pigs into their care.

"We gave him gas money," Misseri notes.

Guardians of Rescue

For the pigs, it was a ticket to an actual life. They were driven to Ahimsa Acres Sanctuary in New Jersey, a sprawling refuge for ducks, sheep, horses and even another rescued pig named Rocky ....


Photographers Win Grant for Documenting Underrepresented Communities on Instagram "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ronny Sen (@RonnySen): “The symbol of Indian bureaucracy, the iconic white ambassador car waits inside one of the coal mines in Jharia. Whenever the coal thieves see this car coming they run away from the mines.” (2016) (all images courtesy Getty Images Instagram Grant)

Documentary photographer Ronny Sen sees the region of Jharia, India, which is near his hometown, as a vision of “doomsday.” Jharia is the site of some of the world’s longest-burning fires: Its coal fields have been flaming since 1916, when two mines were improperly shut down. The fires have since swallowed up homes, temples, and schools, burned through millions of tons of coal worth billions of dollars, and caused severe health problems for workers and families in the region.

For three months this year, under the Instagram handle @WhatDoesTheEndofTimeLookLike, Sen posted his cell phone photographs of this post-apocalyptic landscape. Now, Sen is among three just-announced winners of the Getty Images Instagram Grant, which supports photographers using Instagram to document underrepresented communities around the world. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, and their work will be exhibited at photography festival Photoville in New York later this week.

A contractual labour inside one of the coal mines in Jharia. He will make two dollars after loading almost five trucks with coal in Jharia.

Ronny Sen (@whatdoestheendoftimelooklike): “A contractual labour inside one of the coal mines in Jharia. He will make two dollars after loading almost five trucks with coal in Jharia.” (2016)

The winners’ work showcases how, when it’s not being used for posting selfies, Instagram can serve as a platform for a new kind of democratized DIY photojournalism, broadcasting perspectives on stories not usually found in...


The Yi M1 is an Ultra Cheap Mirrorless Camera with Leica Looks "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


If you want a camera that looks like a Leica T but will cost you less than a third the price, Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaoyi has something for you. It’s called the M1, and it’s a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless ILC that won’t come close to hurting your bank account.

The M1 doesn’t boast any headline-grabbing specs. Inside is a 20MP Sony IMX269 Micro Four Thirds sensor that shoots RAW DNG at a max ISO of 25,600 and can capture 4K video. The backside of the camera features a 3-inch 720 x 480 touchscreen display with “phone-like” controls for the smartphone generation, and even though there is no EVF or built-in flash, WiFi and Bluetooth are included.

Specs are decidedly middle of the road. Where the M1 wins points, however, is for looks and price point.

A modern, Leica-like aesthetic with a red rectangle where you might expect a Leica circle make for a good looking camera:


And when you consider that the M1 will sell for $330 bundled with a 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 or $450 with a 42.5mm f/1.8, you start to understand this camera’s appeal. Unfortunately, it’s an appeal you have to live in China to enjoy.

The M1 will begin selling through China’s on September 23rd, but no international release date or even plans to announce one have been shared. We guess, for now, you’ll just have to pony up for that Leica T…

(via Yi via Engadget)


Neil Young Releases ‘Indian Givers’ NoDAPL Video "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Rock giant and socially conscious artist Neil Young has long stood up on the right side of a number of issues that are close to Indian country and has a history of supporting Na...

Sherman Alexie, Steve Judd to Speak at Spokane Native Film Festival Premiere "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Featuring Indian country icons Sherman Alexie and Steven Paul Judd, the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival will be a first for the Inland Northwest Region, scheduled for Se...

Here’s how much forest we’ll have to destroy to feed our growing junk food addiction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Junk food consumption is on the rise around the world, even though processed foods that are low in essential nutrients and high in salt, refined carbohydrates, and fat aren’t necessarily part of a healthy diet. And as it turns out, junk food like cookies, ice cream, and potato chips isn’t very good for forests, either. A key ingredient in junk food is vegetable oil, and 60 percent of edible vegetable oil is produced from oil palm and soybeans — crops that are currently associated with massive deforestation in Southeast Asia and South America, respectively, as well as the loss of biodiversity and release of sequestered carbon that comes with that forest destruction. “Often when agricultural development occurs at the expense of tropical forests, food security is used as a reason to support such development,” Princeton University’s Janice Lee, the lead author of a study published earlier this month in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, told Mongabay. “However, food security encompasses more than just food availability and must take into consideration food nutrition.” Lee and a team of researchers from Princeton, Adelaide University in Australia, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore estimated the amount of land — and the potential amount of forests — required to produce the palm and soybean oil used in junk foods, “which have little or no nutritional value to people,” as Lee noted. “Therefore, our findings highlight a problem in our global food system, where land is used in a manner that is…


Pomegranate juice could have favourable effects on oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2016 Sep 16:1-7. Epub 2016 Sep 16. PMID: 27633135 Abstract Title:  Effects of pomegranate juice consumption on oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes: a single-blind, randomized clinical trial. Abstract:  Increased free radicals production due to hyperglycemia produces oxidative stress in patients with diabetes. Pomegranate juice (PJ) has antioxidant properties. This study was conducted to determine the effects of PJ consumption in oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. This study was a randomized clinical trial performed on 60, 40-65 years old diabetic patients. The patients were randomly allocated either to PJ consumption group or control. Patients in PJ group consumed 200 ml of PJ daily for six weeks. Sex distribution and the mean age were not different between two groups. After six weeks intervention, oxidized LDL and anti-oxidized LDL antibodies decreased and total serum antioxidant capacity and arylesterase activity of paraoxonase increased significantly in thePJ-treated group compared to the control group. Our data have shown that six weeks supplementation of PJ could have favorable effects on oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D).


The Algorithm Will See You Now: A Geek Tragedy "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

In 1939, in the laboratories of Geigy pharmaceuticals, Paul Mueller discovered that DichloroDiphenylTrichlorethane — DDT — killed insects more effectively that anything else then available.

Robert Domenjoz, later the creator of imipramine, had the job of evaluating it. He did the testing on lice that was to make DDT one of the best-selling pharmaceuticals in the world. He asked the Salvation Army to bring him two of the paupers who slept there and he bought their shirts – for their lice. He put the lice in small boxes which could be sealed with a sieve so that the lice could breathe. He attached the boxes to his arms so that they could live off his blood. Over weeks, they multiplied. When he had enough, they started testing DDT on them. It worked a treat.

Lice carried typhus, a disease which, since Napoleon, has killed more people during wars than wartime combat itself. Domenjoz headed straight to the Swiss army, which started using it and then presented the results at the American embassy in Bern. When the Americans invaded Italy soon after, the troops were all sprayed with DDT and pretty soon everyone who was liberated from the Germans was liberated from lice also.

After the War was Over

After the war, it became common to spray the public in cinema queues and at football games across Europe and America, as the photo above shows. Mueller won the Nobel Prize in 1948. Domenjoz might have thought at the time he should have shared it.

As almost every ghostwritten article about all of the drugs in current use now says, DDT was very clearly "safe and effective."

The use of DDT spread. The image most of us have now is of planes dusting crops with plumes trailing behind them.

Then, in the early 1960s, the wheels came off the bandwagon. By the time Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published, DDT was on the road to oblivion, with most of us thankful we had been saved from oblivion. DDT, it became clear, accumulated in the food chain, with small doses in some insects and crops ending up as larger doses in the predators living on them, and larger and lethal doses in the birds, fish and other mammals living on them — or in their eggs or milk.

And larger doses in us.

We had learnt that the acute effects of a drug given in a particular way might be dramatically different from the effect that came with chronic exposure or from unexpected routes of administration.

Wasn’t this what we learnt?

Geek Tragedy

Controlled trials (RCTs) are all about establishing the acute effects of a drug given in a standardized way, by drug companies who hope the verdict will be that their chemical is safe and effective, so that they can head out and put it in the drinking water (metaphorically). People will end up on these chemicals chronically and they will be mixed with lots of other chemicals in ways never imagined when the drug was first tested.

The result is biphosphonate drugs marketed to reduce the risk of fractures, but which increase the risk of serious fractures. Antidepressants marketed to reduce suicide risk, alcoholism, substance misuse, marriage breakdown, etc., which increase the risk of all these things, as well as causing Autistic Spectrum Disorder and birth defects. Statins marketed to reduce risks linked to diabetes which increase rates of diabetes, and to reduce the cognitive problems stemming from strokes but cause cognitive problems in their o...


Deciding to Bloom where I was Planted. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

I was surprised that they both had the same advice for me; stop feeling sorry for myself and to make the most of my...


Sigma Unveils 85mm Art Lens, Ultra-Wide Art Lens, and Monster Telephoto "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


Sigma today unveiled three new lenses that will have many a photographer fumbling with their wallets and checking their bank balance. We’re talking about the 85mm f/1.4 Art, 12-24mm f/4 Art, and 500mm f/4 Sports lenses.

Got a bib handy? Good. Let’s take these one at a time.

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens


Subtlety not really Sigma’s strong suit, they’re calling the 85mm f/1.4 Art “The Ultimate Portrait Lens.” First rumored back in February of 2015, this long-awaited portrait lens is “engineered to support the highest resolution sensors on the market.”

When it comes to such a highly-requested lens, Sigma was determined to get it right. Made up of 14 elements in 12 groups, the lens features not one, but two SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements and one “glass element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and refraction,” to quote Sigma. All of this together to produce what Sigma calls “attractive bokeh” for the discerning portrait photographer.

They also re-engineered the AF system in this lens, giving it 1.3x the tourque of previous generations, and introduced full-time manual focus override so you can always get a response when you twist the focus ring even in continuous AF.

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4, in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, will be available starting late October for $1,200.

Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens


The new 12-24mm f/4 Art lens is an ultra-wide angle zoom designed, like the rest of the art series, to play with the highest resolution cameras you can throw at it.

Featuring the largest aspherical glass mold in the industry, S...


NJ Hamplanet Chris Christie's Own Lawyer Calls Him A Liar "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

New Jersey hamplanet and alleged governor Chris Christie's own lawyer asserted his own client was a liar. The trial concerns allegations of wrongdoing connected to a local scandal of trivial importance. Christie is notable for scuttling his own campaign for the United States presidency in order to sabotage his own party's candidates in support of Donald Trump-Clinton's campaign and eating himself into a genderless anatomical state. Sorry for your laws.


I Came to San Francisco to Change My Life: I Found a Tribe of Depressed Workaholics Living on Top of One Another "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Hacker House Blues: my life with 12 programmers, 2 rooms and one 21st-century dream.
By David Garczynski / Salon September 18, 2016

I might have been trespassing up there, but I would often go to the 19th-floor business lounge to work and study. Located on the top floor of the a luxury high-rise in the SOMA district of San Francisco, the lounge was only accessible to residents of the building. Yet for a while I found myself there almost every day.

Seventeen floors below, I lived in an illegal Airbnb with 12 roommates split between two rooms. There were six people packed into my bedroom alone — seven, if you included the guy who lived in the closet. Three bunk beds adorned the walls, and I was fortunate enough to score a bottom bunk. Unfortunately, though, it was not the one by the window, which, with the exception of one dim lamp, was the only source of light in the room. Even at midday, the room never lit up much more than a shadowed cave. At most hours of the day, you could find someone sleeping in there. Getting in and out of bed was a precarious dance in the darkness to avoid stepping into the suitcases on the floor, out of which most of us lived.

In the shared kitchen, the sink more often than not held a giant pile of dishes, and the fridge, packed with everyone’s groceries and leftovers, emanated a slightly moldy aroma. Mixed in there were the half-eaten meals and unfinished condiment jars of tenants who had long since moved out — all left to rot, but often too far buried in the mass of food to be located.

Let’s just say the room was not as advertised.

The Airbnb posting did boast of access to a 24-hour gym, roof deck and bocce courts. The building has an indoor basketball court, an outdoor hot tub and even a rock climbing wall. The 19th-floor business lounge alone comes with a pool table, a porch, several flat-screen TVs and an enviable view of much of San Francisco. For $1,200 a month, it all seemed worth it. The post did say it was a four-person apartment, not 13, and included a picture of a sunny room with a pair of bunk beds, but I figured for a short sub-lease while I attended coding school, it wouldn’t be so bad. The reviews, after all, were pretty positive, too: mostly 5-stars. However, none of them mentioned the fact that I wouldn’t even be given a front door key.

I’d have to sneak into the building every night. The only way I entered the building was by waiting until someone exited or entered, and then I’d slip through the door before it closed. From there I’d walk straight past the front desk guard and head to the bank of elevators. Despite my nerves, that part was surprisingly easy. The building caters to the young tech elite, so a backwards hat and a collegiate T-shirt practically made me invisible. When I got to my floor, I’d make sure none of the neighbors were watching, and if no one was around, I’d stand on my tiptoes and grab the communal key hidden atop the exit sign. Once the door was unlocked, I’d return the key to its perch for the next tenant to use.

I had moved to San Francisco to break into the tech world after being accepted into one of those ubiquitous 12-week coding boot camps. I had dreams of becoming a programmer, hoping one day I could land a remote contracting gig — a job where I could work from wherever and make a good living. My life would be part ski bum and part professional.

In my mid-20s uncertainty, the coding route seemed to have the most promise — high paychecks in companies that prized work-life balance, or so it seemed from afar. I knew the road wouldn’t be easy, but any time I’d mention my ambitions to family and friends, they responded with resounding positivity, affirming my belief that it was...


Castration Squad: The unsung heroines of Alice Bag and Dinah Cancer’s early deathrock band "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Back in the Canterbury Apartments days of Los Angeles’ punk scene Alice Bag, of the Bags, met neighbor Shannon Wilhelm whom she eventually ended up living with. After the end of the Bags—and more or less the end of...


Discord Orders Competency Evaluation After Pence Names Cheney As Role Model "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

  Kidding, I want a competency evaluation for the entire Republican establishment. Kidding, there is no longer a Republican establishment. Kidding, it’s established but need not be. Let me start again: our VP candidate, Mike Pence, is apparently a huge Dick ….Cheney fan. Some of you may remember Cheney as the guy touting a 13% approval rating at…


Panarchy 101, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Global Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


The following are the key “lenses” through which I view and discuss the ongoing transformation to panarchy. Each of these lenses provide crucial understandings and insights into facets of panarchy, but panarchy itself emerges only as a result of the interactions between all of these elements. Like all complex systems, panarchy itself is an emergent property.

  • Commons
  • Complex Systems & Networks
  • From the Bell Curve to the Long Tail
  • Plurality & Diversity
  • Cooperation
  • Peer Production
  • Open Design


Commons are systems of shared resources. A lifetime of work by Economics Nobel Prize Recipient Elinor Ostrom reveals a plethora of case-studies with insights and strategies for governing our commons. There are many kinds of commons — ecological, social, information, and technological — but the one thing they all have in common is the need for thoughtful management in order to insure sustainability for future generations.

Complex Systems & Networks

Complex systems and networks are systems that are more than the sum of their parts. Because the parts are interconnected, dynamic relationships between the parts result in emergent properties at the system level. In complex systems “more is different.” Complex systems and networks can range from too rigid to too fluid, but the most interesting of them have mechanisms of self-organization that move them towards a robust and resilient balancing act at the “edge of chaos.”

From the Bell Curve to the Long Tail

The bell curve defines systems with normal distributions where averages are meaningful (because populations are homogenous) and “mass” dynamics are the norm. The long tail, or power law, distribution makes averages meaningless and replaces the “mass” with a plural multitude of diverse members. The transition from the bell curve to the long tail is as relevant in philosophy and culture as it is in economics and politics.

Plurality & Diversity

Plurality refers to the fact that new dynamic systems consist of many interacting parts, whereas div...


Simon Denny: Exploring the World of Blockchain Through Art "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Reimagining traditional finance to dreaming of alternative, self-sovereign futures has become possible with blockchain technology.

That’s according to Berlin-based New Zealand artist, Simon Denny, whose latest exhibition, Blockchain Future States at the Petzel Gallery in New York City looks at the cultural implication of what blockchain application across different sectors could mean globally.

Full-length, cut-out images of the leaders of three major blockchain companies — Digital Asset Holdings LLC, 21 Inc. and Ethereum — demand attention as they stand near globe-like objects with oversized special editions of the board game ‘Risk’ and Pokémon cartoons, highlighting what each company thinks needs to be achieved for a new world order.

The fact that contemporary artists are exploring the world of blockchain highlights the new status achieved by bitcoin’s underlying technology that surpasses the hype surrounding bitcoin.

Of course, while blockchain technology is gaining popularity in many parts of our day-to-day lives, it can still come across as a complicated subject. Through the use of art, though, audiences can better understand the technology and its global impact as it is combined with objects they are familiar with.

Speaking to Bitcoin Magazine, Simon said that there are many of interesting cultural and systemic debates focused on the technology.

“There seems to be a kind of land grab for the blockchain system that is happening across many spaces in technology and finance,” he said.

For somebody interested in culture, now seems to be the right time to make this exciting moment more accessible to people not immediately involved in the world of technology or finance, Denny said.

“I think that work that is being done by blockchain visionary companies right now has the potential to change some of the most fundamental societal building blocks from which our world is built,” he said. “Money, sovereignty, trust: These are the things which are potentially at stake here, and are being reimagined by very smart, very active people.”

Simon believes blockchain is the technologist’s solution for creating the building blocks of a more distributed global future as more people become dissatisfied with key institutions such as governance and finance.

“I want to open up the appeal of something that can seem quite complicated and technical to an outsider and make accessible some of that excitement to a cultural audience,” he said.

Initially, Simon wasn’t interested in bitcoin; however, it was only last year that he looked more into blockchain after making an exhibition that dealt with the history of hacking and focused on the cyberpunk legacy behind digital currencies.

“The idea that it was about automating verification, replacing elite groups and organizations with code, and code as law made me more interested,” he said.

As a result, his latest exhibition, Blockchain Future States, focuses on companies that deliver a contrast in their sectors and focus on blockchain. From capital markets and fiat currencies with Digital Asset Holdings, through West Coast technology and Bitcoin with 21 Inc., to a type of international anarchist/engineer and alternative currency with Ethereum, each position helps to establish the possibilities of blockchain technology.

However, while Simon states that while it’s easy coming up with the ideas for his exhibitio...


These findings highlight the necessity for more thorough investigations into the impact of statins in humans with diabetes. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2016 ;7:95. Epub 2016 Jul 19. PMID: 27486434 Abstract Title:  Statin Therapy Alters Lipid Storage in Diabetic Skeletal Muscle. Abstract:  While statins significantly reduce cholesterol levels and thereby reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the development of myopathy with statin use is a significant clinical side effect. Recent guidelines recommend increasing inclusion criteria for statin treatment in diabetic individuals; however, the impact of statins on skeletal muscle health in those with diabetes (who already suffer from impairments in muscle health) is ill defined. Here, we investigate the effects of fluvastatin treatment on muscle health in wild type (WT) and streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice. WT and STZ-diabetic mice received diet enriched with 600 mg/kg fluvastatin or control chow for 24 days. Muscle morphology, intra and extracellular lipid levels, and lipid transporter content were investigated. Our findings indicate that short-term fluvastatin administration induced a myopathy that was not exacerbated by the presence of STZ-induced diabetes. Fluvastatin significantly increased ectopic lipid deposition within the muscle of STZ-diabetic animals, findings that were not seen with diabetes or statin treatment alone. Consistent with this observation, only fluvastatin-treated diabetic mice downregulated protein expression of lipid transporters FAT/CD36 and FABPpm in their skeletal muscle. No differences in FAT/CD36 or FABPpm mRNA content were observed. Altered lipid compartmentalization resultant of a downregulation in lipid transporter content in STZ-induced diabetic skeletal muscle was apparent in the current investigation. Given the association between ectopic lipid deposition in skeletal muscle and the development of insulin-resistance, our findings highlight the necessity for more thorough investigations into the impact of statins in humans with diabetes.


Corey Goode & Bashar Connection “Everything Will Change” in the fall of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

SourceOther Than Earth

by John Turpa, September 18th 2016

In 2014 “Bashar” an extraterrestrial being channeled by Darryl Anka made a startling prediction… “In your upcoming fall of 2016 EVERYTHING will change.
Will everything change this fall of 2016?
There seems to be some interesting data pointing towards something indeed occurring this fall. Perhaps it’s what many call the “October surprise”. Well see.
One major thread of course is this year’s United States presidential elections. There are many drama’s unfolding on this subject in the mainstream media as well as in the alternative media. All you have to do is a quick youtube or Google search of what is happening in this very convoluted and sometimes dizzying display of what our current system is undergoing and perhaps revealing.
Although, this is not the main focus of this article, it is merely a caveat to a very rare prediction from a being who claims to be from another planet and an unlikely connection to a man who claims to be part of the “Secret Space Program”.

Related Boeing’s “You Just Wait” Ad Reveals 100 Year Partial Disclosure Timeline — Analysis | Disproving Partial Disclosure, Insider Testimony, and Steering Collective Consciousness Toward the Full Disclosure Timeline

Bashar is a being who claims to be from a planet called “Essassani” and is channelled byDarryl Anka. If you know who Bashar is you may have noticed that his main focus is on how we as humans can improve ourselves, love each other and to follow our greatest excitement. He periodically talks about other E.T. races, his home and what is “out there”. 
Although, he rarely goes into predictions.


In 2014 Bashar opened a channel to 3 beings that orbit his planet. These beings identified themselves as Epsilon, Epiphany and Eclipse. Their function is to be a conduit of the “Sassani” people (the beings that live on Essassani) as their “collectiveoversoul” (collective consciousness). These...


The Dutch Sued their own Government Over Climate Change Inaction & Here’s what Happened. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Shouldn’t States, around the world, be legally obliged to protect the environment?


Many Tongues, One Voice "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

I began this article, and then GOD led me to a parallel subject….so hang in there for a bumpy ride! What happened when Nimrod built the Tower of Babel? GOD split up the people. What does this have in common with today? EVERYTHING! This also reminds me of the New Age doctrine of “One”…there is […]


Atorvastatin reduced the ATP levels in pancreas mitochondria. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2016 Aug 24. Epub 2016 Aug 24. PMID: 27553485 Abstract Title:  Toxicity of Atorvastatin on Pancreas Mitochondria: A justification for increased risk of Diabetes Mellitus. Abstract:  Statins (including atorvastatin) are a widely used class of drugs, and like all medications, they have a potential for adverse effects. Recently, it has been shown that statins also exert side effects on the pancreas. In vitro studies have suggested that this class of drugs induced a reduction in insulin secretion. Also, the use of statins is associated with a raised risk of diabetes mellitus (DM), but the mechanisms underlying statin-induced diabetes poorly known. Literature data indicate that several statins are able to induce apoptosis signalling. This study was designed to examine the mechanism of atorvastatin on mitochondria obtained from rat pancreas. In our study, mitochondria were obtained from the pancreas and then exposed to atorvastatin and vehicle to investigate probable toxic effects. The results showed that atorvastatin (25, 50, 75, 100 and 125μM) increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, mitochondrial swelling, collapse of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and cytochrome c release, the orchestrating factor for mitochondria-mediated apoptosis signalling. Atorvastatin also reduced the ATP levels. These results propose thatthe toxicity of atorvastatin on pancreas mitochondria is a key point for drug-induced apoptotic cell loss in the pancreas and therefore a justification for increased risk of diabetes mellitus. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


No-slide, Removable Small Parts Drawers "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

noSlidePartsDrawers_1At Jer's Workshop, Jeremy Schmidt builds a series of wooden lock-into-place parts bin drawers.

Read more on MAKE

The post No-slide, Removable Small Parts Drawers appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.


Leonard Peltier: On Solidarity with Standing Rock, Executive Clemency and the International Indigenous Struggle "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Greeting Sisters and Brothers:

I have been asked to write a SOLIDARITY statement to everyone about the Camp of the Sacred Stones on Standing Rock. Thank you for this great honor. I must admit it is very difficult for me to even begin this statement as my eyes get so blurred from tears and my heart swells with pride, as chills run up and down my neck and back. I’m so proud of all of you young people and others there.

I am grateful to have survived to see the rebirth of the united and undefeated Sioux Nation at Standing Rock in the resistance to the poisonous pipeline that threatens the life source of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. It is an honor to have been alive to see this happen with you young people. You are nothing but awesome in my eyes.

It has been a long, hard road these 40 years of being caged by an inhuman system for a crime I did not commit. I could not have survived physically or mentally without your support, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul for encouraging me to endure and maintain a spiritual and legal resistance.

We are now coming to the end of that road, soon arriving at a destination which will at least in part be determined by you. Along the lines of what Martin Luther King said shortly before his death, I may not get there with you, but I only hope and pray that my life, and if necessary, my death, will lead my Native peoples closer to the Promise Land.

I refer here not to the Promise Land of the Christian bible, but to the modest promises of the Treaties our ancestors secured from enemies bent on their destruction; in order to enable us to survive as distinct peoples and live in a dignified manner. Our elders knew the value of written words and laws to the white man, even as they knew the lengths the invaders would go to try to get around them.

Our ancestors did not benefit from these Treaties, but they shrewdly and persistently negotiated the best terms they could get, to protect us from wars which could only end in our destruction, no matter how courageously and effectively we fought. No, the Treaties were to the benefit of the Americans, this upstart nation needed the Treaties to put a veneer of legitimacy on its conquest of the land and its rebellion against its own countrymen and king.

It should be remembered that Standing Rock was the site of the 1974 conference of the international indigenous movement that spread throughout the Americas and beyond, the starting point for the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The UNDRIP was resisted by the United States for three decades until its adoption by the UN in 2007. The US was one of just four nations to vote against ratification, with President Obama acknowledging the Declaration as an aspirational document without binding force under international law.

While some of the leaders of this movement are veterans of the 1970s resistance at Pine Ridge; they share the wisdom of our past elders in perceiving the moral and political symbolism of peaceful protest today is as necessary for us as was necessary for the people of Pine Ridge in the 1970s. The 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee ended with an agreement to investigate human rights and treaty abuses; that inquiry and promise were never implemented nor honored by the United States. The Wounded Knee Agreement should be honored with a Truth and Reconciliation Commission established to thoroughly examine the US government’s role in the “Reign of Terror” on Pine Ridge in the 1970s. This project should be coordinated wi......


Scientists Record Dolphins Having a ‘Human-Like’ Conversation for the First Time "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

There are key markers for human conversation, among them are our ability to string words together to make full sentences and also our inclination to pause in a conversation to make room for another person to participate. In a first-ever recording, scientists have now recorded dolphins having the same type of dialogue.

With this discovery, researchers have confirmed what many dolphin lovers have always suspected – that dolphins communicate using a very advanced system of communication that is at least as intricate as our own.

The study published in St. Petersburg Polytechnical University Journal: Physics and Mathematics and conducted at the Karadag Nature Reserve in Feodosia, Russia reveals that dolphins have a one-on-one, back and forth communication style. Dolphins are already known to use more than 1000 different sounds to communicate, but the new research confirms that dolphin conversations resemble ‘advanced’ human conversation and a very high level of intelligence.

They might use a series of pulsed clicks or a high squeal to make a word, and these sounds are then strung together to make sentences, with pauses to allow another dolphin to chime in.

Two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, named Yasha and Yana carried out conversations which researchers recorded and then analyzed to find two distinctly different voices.  What’s more – these marine mammals listen to a complete sentence from other dolphins without interruption!

Lead researcher Dr Vyacheslav Ryabov, as reported by the Telegraph, said: “Essentially, this exchange resembles a conversation between two people.

“Each pulse that is produced by dolphins is different from another by its appearance in the time domain and by the set of spectral components in the frequency domain.

“In this regard, we can assume that each pulse represents a phoneme or a word of the dolphin’s spoken language.

“The analysis of numerous pulses registered in our experiments showed that the dolphins took turns in producing [sentences] and did not interrupt each other, which gives reason to believe that each of the dolphins listened to the other’s pulses before producing its own.

“This language exhibits all the design features present in the human spoken language, this indicates a high level of intelligence and consciousness in dolphins, and their language can be ostensibly considered a highly developed spoken language, akin to the human language.”

Dolphins are amazing in a number of other ways, too. They are able to stave off sleep when a baby dolphin is born for over a month. They have a panoramic 300-degree view of the ocean that allows them to see behind them, even, and they can dive for nearly 12 minutes as deep as 1800 feet. They’ve rescued humans and other animals from ship wrecks numerous times.

Even more fascinating is the fact that scientists have called a dolphin’s healing ability, “almost alien, compared to what we can do.” They’re recuperative abilities are faster than human fetuses, and they regenerate, not just heal their bodies in record time.

By now adding the documented skill of being able to talk like we do, it’s no wonder ancient cultures revered dolphins as not only our equals, but even our guides.

Image credit: ...


Evidence of Monsanto’s Retreat Around the World "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"


“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Monsanto is finally succumbing to the peaceful, world-wide revolt against its Malthusian plans to control every last seed we plant. Monsanto paints itself simply as an agricultural company, yet its acts of war are too numerous to name.

We were supposed to believe the company’s tag line:

“Producing more, Conserving more, Improving farmers lives.”

Instead, slowly, but surely, the planet has protested, voted with their dollars, and when necessary, physically stood in the path of construction for yet another Monsanto seed plant, in order to stop them. The quintessential David and Goliath story reverberates through Mexico, India, Africa, and elsewhere around the globe.

Why is the company finally retreating after spending billions trying to poison the planet?

  • Mexico’s Supreme Court blocked the company by disallowing the cultivation of GMO soy in the Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan.
  • Thousands of Africans have risen up to oust Monsanto from their continent. Though Monsanto currently dominates the GM maize market there, even GM food aid has been refused by Burkina Faso, and other countries. Only recently it was reported that Monsanto may temporarily suspend its operations in Burkina Faso after the West African country’s government moved to stop production of genetically modified cotton.
  • Six NGOs (Global 2000, PAN Europe, PAN UK, Generations Futures, Nature et Progrès Belgique and Wemove.EU) from 5 European countries have filed a formal legal complaint against those responsible for the assessment of glyphosate in Europe, for denying the cancer-causing effects of glyphosate and getting its European market license renewed. This is Monsanto’s flagship product, but its sales are slipping. The EU continues to fight over whether or not to renew Monsanto’s license to continue selling the herbicide.
  • The main ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up, glyphosate, has now been found in childhood vaccines. How long do you think it will take for people to get savvy to the damage that has caused?
  • Though the company wrote, and then broke laws to enter the seed market in India, the Indian government has now cut Monsanto’s seed royalties by 70%, and refuses to allow them to continue planting GM seed.
  • Monsanto had to abandon the creation of one of the biggest factories in the world for producing transgenic seed that wa...


New Installation by Brian Bress Has World Premiere at Chrysler Museum of Art "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Brian Bress
(American, b. 1975)
Video still from Man with Cigarette (on black), 2016 High-definition three-channel video (color), four high- definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 40.25 x 91 x 7 inches
(Total Running time: 15 min., 48 sec., loop)
© Brian Bress
Image courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles

Brian Bress 
(American, b. 1975) 
Video still from Man with Cigarette (on black), 2016 High-definition three-channel video (color), four high- definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 40.25 x 91 x 7 inches
(Total Running time: 15 min., 48 sec., loop) 
© Brian Bress 
Image courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles

A new installation by artist Brian Bress will have its world premiere at the Chrysler Museum of Art, located in his hometown of Norfolk, Va.

Man with a Cigarette” (2016) is the artist’s first work to present a full-scale human figure using a video wall. Over the last decade, Bress has won critical acclaim for innovative video-based works featuring an array of eccentric, humanoid characters the artist handcrafts from foam and found objects.

Bress’s new piece was inspired by a pen-and-ink drawing in a thrift store depicting a man wearing a fedora-like hat, a broad tie and a jacket with wide lapels. The unknown artist used an array of techniques — from hatch marks and ragged shading to pointillistic dots and checkerboard patterning — suggesting to Bress the piece was “an artist’s love letter to drawing.” The thrift store wouldn’t sell the drawing, so Bress decided to recreate it as a life-sized sculptural costume.

Bress’s work is disarmingly lighthearted but deeply insightful, says Curator of Exhibitions and Acting Curator of Photography Seth Feman. “He addresses complex questions about representation, perception, and cognition, but he does so in a totally accessible way. It’s a little bit like watching ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ or Saturday-morning cartoons,” says Feman. “The work is endlessly engaging because it’s always unexpected.”



Why Science Suggests, SHHH – You Should Be Practicing Silence "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

silence-copy“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” ~ Will Rogers

Whether you find this treasured commodity by locking yourself in the bathroom, visiting a library, retreating to the forest, or entering a temple or church that is most often empty, you are taping into one of the human race’s most pressing needs – SILENCE.

The word “noise” is derived from a Latin root meaning queasiness or pain. According to the historian Hillel Schwartz, there’s even a Mesopotamian legend in which the gods grow so angry at the clamor of earthly humans that they go on a killing spree. Many of us might feel the need to mimic legend when our neighbors blare their stereo on 10, or someone leans on their horn in city traffic.

Just be happy you don’t live in Mumbai, India, where a local publication called the city, “unfit for living, at least on a cacophony front,” or Cairo Egypt where noise levels have reached such ear-piercing levels that many residents are now reporting hearing problems. Or how about New York City, where city officials receive more than 40,000 noise complaints every year. Shanghai, China city officials receive 100,000 noise complaints annually, and in Karachi, Pakistan the sheer number of cars on the road (five million) surely contributes to noise-induced insanity.

What Noise Does to Your Health

Epidemiologists have discovered correlations between high blood pressure and chronic noise sources like highways and airports. The lack of silence has also contributed to high rates of sleep loss, heart disease, and tinnitus.

We react to loud noises when we are awake, but also while we are sleeping.

“Neurophysiological research suggests that noises first activate the amygdalae, clusters of neurons located in the temporal lobes of the brain, associated with memory formation and emotion. The activation prompts an immediate release of stress hormones like cortisol.”

We need silence for innumerable reasons.

When the world’s constant cacophony is getting under your skin, its likely that you need a little more of this rare jewel. Silence is so precious, that researchers found it is even needed for the brain to develop new cells. Silence actually helps us to make something out of nothing.

In the journal, Brain Structure and Function, a study titled, “Is silence golden? Effects of auditory stimuli and their absence on adult hippocampal neurogenesis” describes what happened to lab rats that were exposed to two hours of silence, as compared to white noise, or ambient noise that is in most labs. They state, “silence resulted in statistically increased levels of neurogenesis.”

The researchers found that silence bred the creation of new brain cells in the hippocampus, a brain region responsible for encoding new memories. This is also the area of the brain that regulates emotions and helps us to navigate space.

Moreover, when we experience silence our brains default into a regenerating state. Scientists...


Healthy Traditions Announces Glyphosate-Tested Traditionally Produced Raw Apple Cider Vinegar "IndyWatch Feed Health"


Health Impact News

Healthy Traditions Press Release

Healthy Traditions announced today the launch of their new product, raw Apple Cider Vinegar with “mother.” Starting the last part of 2014, Healthy Traditions, a division of Tropical Traditions, Inc., has started testing all of its products for the presence of the herbicide glyphosate, since many of their USDA certified organic products were tested to be contaminated with glyphosate.

Finding a supplier of Apple Cider Vinegar that could be tested and traced all the way back to the producer proved difficult, as many apple cider vinegars are produced with apples from many different orchards, meaning that a single batch test may not represent all bottles used in each batch. So they began to search for a single source orchard to produce their own apple cider vinegar.

The Healthy Traditions Apple Cider Vinegar is made by hand on a small family farm in Wisconsin. This high quality and great tasting vinegar starts by hand picking a mixture of apples that are suited perfectly for cider, imparting a depth of flavors to the vinegar that are unique.

The apples are grown in Wisconsin on a certified organic orchard that practices sustainable agriculture by using livestock to maintain the orchard floor. By rotating different animals in the orchard the caretakers are able to reduce weeds and insects that would hinder the apple production.

Even though some antibiotics are approved for apple production in organic systems and used by some organic orchards, the caretakers here are opposed to the use of any antibiotics or chemicals and instead have selected varieties of apples that are naturally resistant to disease and fungus. As an added assurance the apples are tested for the presence of glyphosate found in the world’s most popular herbicide, and none was found.

Once the apples are picked they are pressed to make cider and then stored in stainless steel vats to ferment where the sugar is turned into alcohol. From there the “Mother” imparts a bacteria to the mixture that feeds on the alcohol and in a second fermentation transforms the hard cider to vinegar with no residual alcohol left over.

The vinegar is hand bottled into a 1 quart amber glass Boston Round growler, that protects the delicate vinegar from the damaging effects of light. The bottle is attractive and reusable and comes fitted with a premium phenolic cap. The vinegar is raw and unfiltered to contain the “Mother.”

This Apple Cider Vinegar is:

  • Glyphosate-Tested
  • Packaged in amber glass for protection
  • Unfiltered and contains the “Mother”
  • Raw and unpasteurized
  • Made in small batches by hand
  • Naturally fermented from apples that are tested negative for pesticides and chemicals

The product can be ordered here.



11 Reasons Why Flu Shots Are More Dangerous Than the Flu Itself "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

(Real Farmacy) The verdict is out on flu shots. Many medical experts now agree it is more important to protect yourself and your family from the flu vaccine than the flu itself.

Every year the pharmaceutical industry, medical experts and the mainstream media work hard to convince us to get vaccinated against the flu. But we’re not being told the whole story. What we don’t hear, are cases about the adverse reactions or about the toxic chemicals being injected into us.

1. The flu shot actually makes you sick to begin with

Have you ever noticed how vaccinated children get sick almost immediately following a vaccination? This is because the flu virus is introduced into their bodies. So rather than immunize, the flu shot actually only sensitizes the body against the virus. And the fact that it causes individuals to get ill following a shot indicates immuno-suppression (i.e. lowering of the immunity).

2. Flu vaccines contain other dangerous ingredients such as mercury

The pharmaceutical industry, medical experts and the mainstream media are candid in telling us that flu vaccines contain strains of the flu virus. What they are less likely to reveal though is the long list of other ingredients that come with the vaccine. It is now a known fact that flu vaccines contain mercury, a heavy metal known to be hazardous for human health. Mercury toxicity can cause depression, memory loss, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory problems, ADD, oral health problems, digestive imbalances and other serious health issues.

3. The flu shot can cause Alzheimer’s disease

Evidence now suggests that flu vaccines can cause Alzheimer’s disease. Research conducted by Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, a leading immunogeneticist, shows that those who consistently get the flu vaccine increase their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 10 fold. He believes this is due to the toxic combination of aluminum and mercury in the vaccine. Additionally, introducing the flu virus to an elderly person (who with age will naturally have a weaker immune system) will only increase the chances of that individual becoming susceptible to more serious illness.

4. The very people pushing flu vaccinations are making billions of dollars each year

In August 1999, the Committee on Government Reform initiated an investigation into Federal vaccine policy. This investigation focused on possible conflicts of interest on the part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The investigation concluded that many individuals serving on two key advisory committees had financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines. Often, these individuals were granted waivers to fully participate in the discussions that led to recommendations on vaccine licensing and adding vaccines to the Childhood Immunization Schedule. This in itself creates serious doubt as to how effective flu vaccines really are.

5. Lack of real evidence that young children even benefit from flu shots

51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months established no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo...


Corey Goode & Bashar Connection “Everything Will Change” in the fall of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Source - Other Than Earth

by John Turpa, September 18th 2016

In 2014 “Bashar” an extraterrestrial being channeled by Darryl Anka made a startling prediction… “In your upcoming fall of 2016 EVERYTHING will change!”
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L. casei and B. bifidum alone and in combination ameliorated hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and oxidative stress in STZ-induced diabetic Wistar rats. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Prev Med. 2016 ;7:102. Epub 2016 Aug 22. PMID: 27625767 Abstract Title:  Administration of Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum Ameliorated Hyperglycemia, Dyslipidemia, and Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Rats. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The present work was planned to evaluate the antihyperglycemic, lipid-lowering, and antioxidant effect of Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats.METHODS: Single daily dose of 1× 10(7) cfu/ml of L. casei and B. bifidum alone and in combination of both was given to Wistar rats orally by gavaging for 28 days. Glucose tolerance test, fasting blood glucose (FBG), lipid profile, and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) were measured from blood. Glycogen from thigh muscles and liverand oxidative stress parameters from pancreas were analyzed.RESULTS: Administration of L. casei and B. bifidum alone and in combination of both to diabetic rats decreased serum FBG (60.47%, 55.89%, and 56.49%, respectively), HbA1c (28.11%, 28.61%, and 28.28%), total cholesterol (171.69%, 136.47%, and 173.58%), triglycerides (9.935%, 8.58%, and 7.91%), low-density lipoproteins (53.27%, 53.35%, and 52.91%) and very low-density lipoproteins (10%, 8.58%, and 11.15%, respectively) and increased high-density lipoproteins (13.73%, 15.47%, and 15.47%), and insulin (19.50%, 25.80%, and 29.47%, respectively). The treatment also resulted in increase in muscle (171.69%, 136.47%, and 173.58%) and liver (25.82%, 6.63%, and 4.02%) glycogen level. The antioxidant indexes in pancreas of diabetic rats returned to normal level with reduction in lipid peroxidation (30.89%, 46.46%, and 65.36%) and elevation in reduced glutathione (104.5%, 161.34%, and 179.04%), superoxide dismutase (38.65%, 44.32%, and 53.35%), catalase (13.08%, 27%, and 31.52%), glutathione peroxidase (55.56%, 72.23%, and 97.23%), glutathione reductase (49.27%, 88.40%, and 110.86%), and glutathione-S-transferase (140%, 220%, and 246.6%, respectively) on treatment with L. casei, B. bifidum, and combination treatment.CONCLUSIONS: Administration of L. casei and B. bifidum alone and in combination of both ameliorated hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and oxidative stress in STZ-induced diabetic Wistar rats.


10 Must Have Skills For a Collapsed Economy: “Increase Your Ability To Survive” "IndyWatch Feed Survival"


This article was written by Anna Hunt and originally published at Offgrid

Editor’s Comment: Sometimes it is astounding to think how vulnerable and prone to collapse society has become. In many ways, there is every chance that civilization could have become vibrant and largely self-sustaining. But that isn’t the direction that the larger system took at all. Instead, it chose a disposable economy, with planned obsolescence and extreme dependence.

Individuals, however, can still make that choice. It is possible to enjoy the fruits of modern life, while preparing your family for survival conditions that could strip society down to the bare basics. If you invest in your own pipeline to food, water, fuel, knowledge of nature, DIY skills and the like, you can become highly immune to unstable market conditions and the collapse of civilization.

10 Must Have Barter Skills to Survive in a Collapsed Economy

by Anna Hunt

Most people living in the United States and many other industrialized countries consider bartering as an antiquated method for exchanging goods and services. We have all become very accustomed to fiat currency, credits cards and digital transactions, so bartering just seems strange. But it wasn’t so long ago that bartering was commonly used and worked very effectively.

If a major disaster or economic collapse immobilizes the existing banking system, ATMs will run out of cash very quickly, and your credit cards may stop working. Communities will definitely go on, but the way society functions may be quite different. People who have useful skills and items with which they can barter or trade are likely to benefit, perhaps even thrive.

Below are some ideas of which valuable skills to develop to increase your ability to survive and have something to trade if you find yourself in a barter-friendly world. Being able to share your skills and knowledge with other people also carries a high barter value.

1. Growing Food

Knowing how to grow your own food is essential for survival. In case of a short-term disaster, a few buckets of emergency storable food may be sufficient, but if you find yourself in a situation where food is limited over a longer term, knowing how to garden is a must.

The best way to start gardening is to begin with small projects, like an indoor herb garden, a few containers or a couple raised beds. You may be surprised just how many low-cost resources are available to help you along the way. Some of my favorites have been Easy Container Gardening and Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide.

Just get your feet wet and start learning. Over time, your garden will expand as does your skill-set, and you may become interested in learning other gardening skills, such as building a low-cost greenhouse or permaculture design, which will make your knowledge even more trade worthy.



Administration of probiotics could greatly accelerating the healing process. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Benef Microbes. 2016 Sep 16:1-8. Epub 2016 Sep 16. PMID: 27633174 Abstract Title:  The effect of probiotic treatment on elderly patients with distal radius fracture: a prospective double-blind, placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial. Abstract:  Probiotic treatment has been shown to improve bone formation, increase bone mass density and prevent bone loss. We aimed to assess the effect of probiotic treatment on functional recovery in elderly patients with a distal radius fracture. A total of 417 elderly patients with an acute distal radius fracture were enrolled in this double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. They were randomised to receive skimmed milk containing either a commercial probiotic (Lactobacillus casei Shirota) or placebo daily for a period of 6 months after the fracture. Treatment outcomes were the DASH (disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand) score, pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) score, active range of motion and grip strength, all of which were measured on a monthly basis. Throughout the duration of the study, DASH score, pain, CRPS score, wrist flexion and grip strength of patients receiving probiotics exhibited a significantly faster pace of improvement than those on placebo, with treatment outcomes of patients receiving Lactobacillus casei Shirota at month 4 at comparable levels with those of patients receiving placebo at month 6. In elderly patients with a fracture of the distal radius, administration of the probiotic could greatly accelerating the healing process.


Bronze statuette of Aphrodite clutching a dove.  Artist unknown;... "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Bronze statuette of Aphrodite clutching a dove.  Artist unknown; ca. 460-450 BCE.  Now in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University.


The Olympus E-M1 Mark II Can Shoot Up to 18fps… RAW… with AF Tracking "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


The new flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a speed demon, plain and simple. With your autofocus locked, its electronic shutter can shoot 60fps. And even if you keep autofocus on and tracking, it can still pump out full-res RAW frames at a jaw-dropping 18fps.

Four years in the making, Olympus is determined to knock your socks off with the E-M1 Mark II. The camera, currently “in development” but announced today, will feature a 20.4MP Live MOS sensor powered by a high-speed QuadCore TruePic VIII Image Processor that Olympus claims is 3.5 times faster than its predecessor.

That, paired with a new 121-point all-cross-type on-chip phase detection and contrast detection AF system and the camera’s electronic shutter, means the E-M1 Mark II will be able to shoot 18fps full-res RAW frames per second with AF and AE tracking. It also powers what Olympus is calling “Pro Capture Mode,” which takes 14 full-res RAW shots between when you’ve started and finished pressing the shutter.

Here are a couple of quick, dramatic intro videos courtesy of our friends at Olympus:

Even using the mechanical shutter, the camera can still fire off 15fps with AF and AE locked, and 10fps with AF and AE tracking. That, in addition to 5-axis in-body stabilization, Digital Cinema Standard 4K video, a fully articulating 3-inch touchscreen LCD, 120fps 2.36M-dot EVF, 50MP ‘high-res shot mode,’ Dual UHS-II SD card slots, and a dust, splash, and freezeproof design.

Even the battery and shutter have gotten a boost. The newly-developed shutter is rated to 200K actuations, and the battery offers 37% more juice and a charger that works 50% faster.




Every Exhibition Held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Presented in a New Web Site: 1929 to Present "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Images courtesy of MoMA

We all hate it when we hear of an exciting exhibition, only to find out that it closed last week — or 80 years ago. New York’s Museum of Modern Art has made great strides toward taking the sting out of such narrowly or widely-missed cultural opportunities with their new digital exhibition archive. The archive offers, in the words of Chief of Archives Michelle Elligott, “free and unprecedented access to The Museum of Modern Art’s ever-evolving exhibition history” in the form of “thousands of unique and vital materials including installation photographs, out-of-print exhibition catalogues, and more, beginning with MoMA’s very first exhibition in 1929,” a show of post-Impressionist paintings by Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, and Van Gogh.


The photograph of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe portraits at the top of the post comes from a much more recent exhibition, 2015’s Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967. But MoMA, of course, didn’t just just discover the king of pop art last year: search by his name and you’ll find no fewer than 128 shows that have included his work, starting with Recent Drawings U.S.A. in 1956.


You can track any number of other cultural icons through the museum’s history: Yoko Ono, for instance, a view of whose One Woman Show, 1960-1971, which also opened in 2015,...


EARTH MINUTE: Brazilian Coup Will Lead to Wide Ranging Impacts "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KPFK-FM‘s Sojourner Truth Radio show aired an Earth Watch segment on it’s Sept. 14 broadcast focused on the coup of former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. The segment begins at about the 30:25 mark of the clip below. A transcript... Read More

The post EARTH MINUTE: Brazilian Coup Will Lead to Wide Ranging Impacts appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


The beneficial effects of probiotics were evident even after two years of treatment. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biomed Pap Med Fac Univ Palacky Olomouc Czech Repub. 2016 Sep 13. Epub 2016 Sep 13. PMID: 27623957 Abstract Title:  The long-term effects of probiotics in the therapy of ulcerative colitis: A clinical study. Abstract:  AIM: Intestinal dysbiosis seems to be the leading cause of inflammatory bowel diseases, and probiotics seems to represent the proper support against their occurrence. Actually, probiotic blends and anti-inflammatory drugs represent a weapon against inflammatory bowel diseases. The present study evaluates the long-term (2 years) effects of combination therapy (mesalazine plus a probiotic blend of Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidus strain BGN4) on ulcerative colitis activity.METHOD: Sixty patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis were enrolled: 30 of them were treated with a single daily oral administration of mesalazine 1200 mg; 30 patients received a single daily oral administration of mesalazine 1200 mg and a double daily administration of a probiotic blend of Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidus strain BGN4. The treatment was carried out for two years and the clinical response evaluated according to the Modified Mayo Disease Activity Index.RESULTS: All patients treated with combination therapy showed better improvement compared to the controls. In particular, the beneficial effects of probiotics were evident even after two years of treatment.CONCLUSIONS: A long-term treatment modality of anti-inflammatory drugs and probiotics is viable and could be an alternative to corticosteroids in mild-to moderate ulcerative colitis.


Channel 4 reveals new ‘Bake Off’ set as former ‘Brookside’ crack den "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Occasionally controversial broadcaster, Channel 4, has today revealed that its new set for the twee, middle-class family favourite ‘The Great British Bake-Off’, will be the crack house of its now defunct popular soap opera, Brookside.

‘It shouldn’t be a problem adjusting the set to be honest’ revealed a Channel 4 source. ‘There’s plenty of old spoons knocking about the place’.

As well as a new base, the producers hope to inject ‘a breath of fresh air’ into the format with a keen eye on ‘dramatic licence’. It is believed that everybody’s favourite grandma, Mary Berry, will undergo a dramatic transformation as ‘Ma’ Berry- a hard-nosed market stall holder who hides crack cocaine and other illegal drugs in the sachertortes and other sweetly delicious patisserie products she sells at her stall made by the frail hands of her people-trafficked ‘slaves’ who each week compete to ‘hide the crack’ using only 6 dozen eggs, a pound of flour, some butter and a piping bag from John Lewis. All for a few measly licks of a leftover baking bowl that Berry will chuck into their flea-infested bedroom.

Berry’s co-presenter, Paul Hollywood, is also expected to feature in the show; with Channel 4 producers hoping to borrow the black leather jacket worn by Joey Boswell for him to wear from the BBC’s other bakery based show, Bread. It is believed that, unlike Berry, no accent coaches will be required for him to take on his new role. It is hoped by the show’s producers that the Boswell character’s ‘Greetings’ catchphrase will also be revived by Hollywood in ‘a totally ironic post-modernistic type of way’.

Hopes to dramatically juxtapose the lives of Berry and her slaves with that of their nice, middle-class neighbours were dashed when the show’s other two presenters, Mel and Sue, refused to join the reincarnation of the show.

As well as dealing with controversial issues such as drug dealing, people trafficking and the sheer unbridled horror of opening the door too soon so that the cakes go flat, the show’s producers also hope to inject ‘some more real life kitchen sink drama’ with storylines featuring rape, unemployment, divorce, incest and murder -though critics of the new format have already predicted that the new show will be a flop ‘buried deep, deep within the patio of the ratings.’

S J Roe


Not Your Grandfather’s Blue Jeans "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A team of scientists from the U.S., Belgium, Portugal, and the U.K....

Powerful storm rips through Shuswap, Canada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A major and unexpected thunderstorm swept through Shuswap in British Columbia, Canada on September 17, 2016. The storm uprooted trees, knocked down power lines, blocked roads and damaged numerous homes. Some of the houses were completely destroyed. The storm arrived...... Read more »


Neonatal gut microbiome dysbiosis might promote CD4+ T cell dysfunction associated with childhood atopy. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Nat Med. 2016 Sep 12. Epub 2016 Sep 12. PMID: 27618652 Abstract Title:  Neonatal gut microbiota associates with childhood multisensitized atopy and T cell differentiation. Abstract:  Gut microbiota bacterial depletions and altered metabolic activity at 3 months are implicated in childhood atopy and asthma. We hypothesized that compositionally distinct human neonatal gut microbiota (NGM) exist, and are differentially related to relative risk (RR) of childhood atopy and asthma. Using stool samples (n = 298; aged 1-11 months) from a US birth cohort and 16S rRNA sequencing, neonates (median age, 35 d) were divisible into three microbiota composition states (NGM1-3). Each incurred a substantially different RR for multisensitized atopy at age 2 years and doctor-diagnosed asthma at age 4 years. The highest risk group, labeled NGM3, showed lower relative abundance of certain bacteria (for example, Bifidobacterium, Akkermansia and Faecalibacterium), higher relative abundance of particular fungi (Candida and Rhodotorula) and a distinct fecal metabolome enriched for pro-inflammatory metabolites. Ex vivo culture of human adult peripheral T cells with sterile fecal water from NGM3 subjects increased the proportion of CD4(+) cells producing interleukin (IL)-4 and reduced the relative abundance of CD4(+)CD25(+)FOXP3(+) cells. 12,13-DiHOME, enriched in NGM3 versus lower-risk NGM states, recapitulated the effect of NGM3 fecal water on relative CD4(+)CD25(+)FOXP3(+) cell abundance. These findings suggest that neonatal gut microbiome dysbiosis might promote CD4(+) T cell dysfunction associated with childhood atopy.


Former CIA Officer Blows The Whistle On Government Criminality "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

kevin-shippDane Wigington Do we have a country with a "government"? Or do we have a "government" with a country? The latter is the case, as our government has clearly long since become nothing more than an unimaginably massive criminal cabal. Our government is a tool of enforcement for those who print the money, the central bankers. The CIA


Bank of England Considers Blockchain Compatibility for Settlement Service "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The UK’s central bank said last week that it wants its next-generation settlement system to be blockchain-compatible.



Let’s meet locally and regionally – a new initiative "IndyWatch Feed Education"


Bernard Davies and Malcolm Ball setting a date for the next meeting

Ever since our emergence we’ve wanted to encourage local and regional IDYW involvement. Indeed our revised 2014 Statement of Purpose reflected that,

Apart from London and the North-East we have been much less successful in encouraging the flowering of local and regional IDYW groups. This is a major weakness. In truth it means we are a campaign with an appreciative, but largely passive following, relying on the endeavours of a small number of activists to keep the flame burning.

And in reality the London and North-East efforts were not sustained.

However Colin Brent from the IDYW steering group has made a bid, initially on Facebook, to have a fresh crack at bringing people together.

Hi everyone, I’m thinking tentatively about organising some semi-regular seminars (once every three months?) for youth workers and other friends of IDYW to discuss issues around youth work. These would take place in London, be free and open to all and hopefully create a space for people to come together. Is there any interest in this or any ideas of themes? I would like to do one on the ethics of banning young people from youth provision. I look forward to hearing people’s views.

There has been a lively response from the South-East, Yorkshire, Liverpool, Cumbria and Dorset, where cream cakes are being offered as an incentive. However everyone recognises that making this happen, finding the time and energy, is easier said than done. With this in mind we are thinking we should explore this issue together at the IDYW conference on September 30 in Birmingham.

In the meantime Colin is organising a meeting, probably on Friday, November 18 in the metropolis, whilst Tracey Ramsey Lhu is hoping to hold a gathering on the same date in Liverpool. They will be liaising on how the two events might collaborate. More information to follow.

Thanks to Colin for the kick up the backside and to once more encourage supporters to think seriously about meeting and gathering strength from each other.

When two or three are gathered together – in coffee bar or hostelry – we render collective our criticism and resistance. Make a date with your fellow workers. You know it makes sense. (A.N. Other, 2016)

PS The Institute for Youth Work via Adam Muirhead has indicated that it is keen to collaborate in setting up/supporting local and regional meetings under whatever umbrella.




Winnipeggers march to show solidarity with Standing Rock "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Participants in Winnipeg solidarity rally, Sept 18, 2016.

Dozens of protesters walked peacefully down Portage Avenue Sunday

CBC News, September 18, 2016

A group of Winnipeggers marched down Portage Avenue Sunday, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.

The reservation is currently fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, a multibillion-dollar project that would see crude oil transported from a Bakken oilfield near the Canadian border to Illinois.

The community says if the project goes ahead, it will destroy sacred sites and put a river at risk that’s a source of drinking water for millions.

A mini-city has sprung up at the reservation, populated from people out of town to amplify Standing Rock’s protest.

Bear Rodericks, also known as Chef Bear, helped organize the demonstration in Winnipeg. He said friends of his are among those who travelled down to Standing Rock. Rodericks said his friends told him a protest in Winnipeg would help the cause.

“They have asked for nations all over the world to come together and show their support,” said Rodericks.

“That way, if we hear them here, there’s no reason why their government can’t hear them there.”

While the Dallas, Texas-based pipeline company Energy Transfer says it intends to finish the project, the U.S. federal government is reviewing construction permits and has temporarily halted construction of part of the line.

Rodericks said Standing Rock’s fight to protect drinking water resonates with many northern communities here in Canada where entire reservations are living under boil water advisories.

Water is a “gift brought to us by the creator,” he said, and we put our futures in peril if it’s not protected.

“If we don’t respect that now by the time it’s all said and done, there will be nothing left,” he said.

Rodericks plans to organize more protests in the coming months, including a concert in Winnipeg in support of Standing Rock.


The GoPro Hero5 Session Features 4K Video, Stabilization, and Voice Control "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


If the GoPro Hero5 Black and the GoPro Karma are a bit too rich for your blood—or you just don’t think you’re extreme enough for these cameras—the Hero5 Session might just be the perfect GoPro for your less-than-insane lifestyle.

Basically a more portable Hero5 Black without an LCD screen, the Hero5 Session is a great example of GoPro trimming cost in all the right places. Where it counts, this camera can still deliver.

Like the Hero5 Black, it shoots 4K video, is waterproof to 10 meters (~33ft) without a housing, and can capture burst and timelapse sequences (although the Session is limited to 10MP instead of 12). It also features the same voice commands you’ll find on the Hero5 Black, and “advanced video stabilization” so your shots come out smooth even if you’re not using any kind of gimbal.

What the Hero5 Session lacks is an LCD screen. Its simple one-button design with a tiny black-and-white screen are good enough for basic shooting, but if you want to up your GoPro game you’ll need to pair the session with GoPro’s free camera control app where you can view your footage, set up your shots with live view, edit what you’re capturing, and share it with the world.

Finally, the Hero5 Session also features automatic upload/backup to the GoPro Plus cloud storage service. If you have a subscription, your Hero5 Session can automatically backup to the cloud anytime you’re plugged in and on a WiFi network.



The Hero5 Session will be available for purchase starting October 2nd for $300, mounting bracket and tiny screwdriver included. Head over to the GoPro website to find out more and sign up to receive a notification wh...


Mother of Indian Posse gang leaders hopes book is a teaching tool "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Daniel Wolfe at Regina Court of Queen’s Bench on November 18, 2009. Wolfe was found guilty on two counts of first degree murder in a violent home invasion in Fort Qu’Appelle. Bryan Schlosser / Regina Leader-Post

by Barb Pacholik, Regina Leader-Post, September 18, 2016

Before the mother of Danny and Richard Wolfe — founders of the Indian Posse street gang — decided to share her story and theirs for a book, she first sought permission in a spiritual ceremony.

And when the answer came back that this could be a teaching tool, Susan Creeley agreed to open up to author Joe Friesen about the road that led her sons to lives of crime — ultimately ending with their deaths in prison.

“Everybody who reads it knows what I went through in residential school, and I pass it to my children,” she said recently. “My children experienced it, just like they went to residential schools themselves even though they didn’t.” At Richard’s sentencing in a Regina courtroom in January, a judge described him as a “generational victim” of residential schools, his mom’s abuse in that system leading to her later struggles with drugs and alcohol while trying to raise her sons.

Despite delving into some painful memories, Creeley is firm in her resolve that The Ballad of Danny Wolfe: Life of a Modern Outlaw can educate.

“Something in my heart tells me to do this, to help our people,” she said. “There’s so much of our people that are lost. They don’t know our traditional ways. And this maybe will open their eyes.”

Creeley will join Friesen and University of Regina professor Jason Demers in a discussion about the book and the issues it raises at the U of R on Monday. The free, public event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Lab Cafe, Laboratory Building on the main U of R campus.

Creeley, an addictions counsellor, is still grieving the recent death of her son Richard.

He died at the age of 40 in May this year after suffering a heart attack while serving time in the same Prince Albert prison where Danny, 33, was stabbed to death in 2010, mere months into a life sentence for murder.

Creeley said when Richard turned himself in on charges in 2014, she had an unsettling feeling: “I knew I wouldn’t hug him again.”

He seemed to have turned his life around after his release from a lengthy prison term and was even giving anti-gang presentations. But a series of personal losses, including his brother’s death, led him back into addictions and violence.

Friesen, a Globe and Mail reporter, interviewed the brothers extensively for the book. He was first drawn to Danny’s story when he became one of Canada’s most wanted after escaping from the Regina jail in August 2008 while awaiting trial for a brutal, gang-fuelled double murder in Fort Qu’Appelle. The initial curiosity gave way to a far more in-depth and complex tale about what drove the Wolfe brothers and other indigenous youths to forge a “family” in gangs — a story about poverty, racism, alcoholism, foster care, abuse and residential schools.

“I’ve always been so curious about figuring out what (the gang’s) purposes were, what its origins were,” said Friesen. “If I’ve contributed anything, it’s a little bit of explanation and understanding of who the Indian Posse is and the story of Danny’s life.”

Demers sees the book in the context of the truth and reconciliation process.

“It’s by understanding where these gangs come from, where this violence comes from, we can hopefully b...


35 Awesome Projects from Our New Community Platform "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

communityWe've had a lot of great additions to our new community projects page! From cotton boll stems to DIY weather stations, we're seeing lots of great stuff.

Read more on MAKE

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Cosmic Hand-Painted Animal Gloves by Artist Bunnie Reiss "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Artist Bunnie Reiss enjoys transforming the old into new, and has spent her life as a collector of weathered objects with rich stories. Reiss’s ongoing project turns her collection of old leather gloves into bright works of art, utilizing symmetry and cosmic imagery to connect both the past and present. The gloves are not obvious references to animal faces, but subtle gestures that reference eyes, ears, and noses within their design.

In addition to painting smaller works, Reiss also creates large installations and mural walls. Her most recent work is a 3,500 square foot mural painted on the east side of Milwaukee for the Black Cat Mural Alley. You can see more of her large and small-scale works on her website and Instagram. (via The Fox is Black)






A Map of Chicago’s Gangland: A Cheeky, Cartographic Look at Al Capone’s World (1931) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Modern day Chicagoland gang activity does not inspire quippy cartoon “wonder maps.” Back when Al Capone ruled Chicago’s underworld, the public viewed gangsters with movie magazine breathlessness. Their violent crimes and glamorous lifestyles sold newspapers and movie tickets.

Today? Gangsta rap—a genre not known for its whimsy—glorifies the hardcore existence of kids whom the system has failed, trapped in a cycle of poverty, compounding the social problems that were heaped on them at birth. 

But back to 1931, the year Capone was sent to prison for tax evasion, and local firm Bruce-Roberts published Chicago’s Gangland map, above, from “authentic sources.”

As any civic minded reformer knows, the best way to “inculcate the most important principles of piety and virtue in young persons” is to pack all “the evils and sin of large cities” into something resembling a large-scale comic book. 


If the 30 execution orders posted on Dead Man’s Tree doesn’t scare ‘em straight, perhaps 1750 cases of government booze and some scantily clad dancing girls will!


Naturally, the site of 1929’s Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre gets star treatment, with a graphic depiction guaranteed to stir the imagination far more than a visit to the actual site itself.



The GoPro Hero5 Black: Waterproof, Stabilized, Voice Commands & More "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


GoPro is calling the new Hero 5 Black “Simply the best GoPro, ever.” They’re not wrong. Waterproof to 33ft out of the box and featuring 4K video, stabilization, voice commands, and more, the Hero 5 Black is a lot of action camera for $400.

This morning’s GoPro announcement was a product release bonanza. Not only did we get to see the Karma ‘so much more than a’ Drone, CEO Nick Woodman also debuted the new flagship GoPro Hero5 Black.

The big news on the surface is that the Hero5 Black can survive below the surface… of the water that is. Out of the box and without a casing of any kind, it’s waterproof to 10 meters (~33ft). This thanks to a new one-button design that takes away a lot of seams and looks pretty sleek doing it.



The second most ‘exciting’ bit of news about the Hero5 Black is the voice controls, which let you “stay in the moment” while capturing said moment. Available in 7 languages at launch, you can tell your Hero5 Black to start recording, take a photo, take a burst, and more.

Over and over during this morning’s release Woodman harped on the fact that GoPro’s goal was to make a camera that “disappears.” A camera that is so easy and intuitive to use that you forget you’re using a camera—an extension of your experience instead of something that interrupts it. Voice controls are a big piece of this.

Add to that the automatic upload to the cloud that comes with a GoPro Plus subscription—every time you plug in your GoPro to charge, it uploads automatically—and Woodman is getting closer to his “invisible” camera dream.

Here’s a quick into and an overview of “what’s new” with the Hero5:



My Young House Love Podcast Interview! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Happy Monday guys and gals!  It's always hard to get back into the weekday schedule after a few days off, our family struggles just like any other.  But Monday's are so much better now with Young House Love's new podcast!  

If you haven't yet heard, John and Sherry from Young House Love now have a podcast.  I listen to John and Sherry's new podcast every Monday, it's like a wonderful cup of coffee to start my work week off.  




My Guest Episode

In this week's episode it is a great honor for me to join John and Sherry, and chat about how I got started building, and how you can too.

I hope you have a chance to listen to the podcast, and subscribe and check out the show notes page here.





Topic Links

Just in case you want more information about a few things we chat about on the podcast -


Farmhouse Bed - This was my first big project, and one of the first plans that I shared on my blog.  Almost a decade later, it's still sturdy and beautiful.  You can grab the plans here.





Getting Started Building - If you'd like to learn more about the tools I use and recommend, you can check out my Getting Started Guide here.




Our Dream House Build - 15 years of saving, dreaming and planning and it's finally happening!  You can subscribe to get updates of all new episodes here.


Thanks for listening, hope you enjoyed!

XO Ana


Best Friends Rescued From Terrible Past Just Want A Home Together "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sometimes, a couple of dogs who come from the same broken background need each other to feel whole again.

Like Daisy and River.


Both rescued during an animal cruelty investigation by the Pennsylvania SPCA , these dogs — Daisy is a 4-year-old collie and River is a 6-year-old Jack Russell terrier — arrived at the Philadelphia shelter in June looking for a fresh start.


But they couldn't quite leave their past behind. River was nearly blind. And Daisy had a serious wound on her back that took a long time to heal.

In fact, the only good thing about their past lives was each other. It's a bond that remains unbroken at the shelter.

"They are literally always at each other's sides, and their size difference is no barrier," Gillian Kocher, of the Pennsylvania SPCA , tells The Dodo. "If you take them out and interact with them, you will see right away that they love each other — and people — very much."

And it goes beyond friendship. Daisy and River are each other's caregivers.


Daisy is River's seeing-eye dog.

"Daisy acts as River's eyes, often leading the way and guiding River ensuring that she isn't in harm's way," Kocher explains.

And River is Daisy's comfort. When she isn't feeling great, her tiny best friend curls up against her, "perhaps even keeping her warm by laying on top of her while they are sleeping."


But Daisy and River no longer have to rely only on each other. Recovered from their ordeal now, they're looking for a family to give them the kind of home they should have had from the start — a place to spend their golden years.

And yes, they need a home together.


Think you could help? Visit the Pennsylvania SPCA's adoption page here .

You can also support Daisy and River by...


Ethereum Takes the Stage As Devcon2 Begins "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Like any good movie, mission impossible music metaphorically came on last night around midnight London time, just hours before the opening of Devcon2, as Geth nodes – used by most of ethereum’s network – suddenly started crashing at block 2,283,416. Some villain, who presumably just wanted to see the world burn, had coded a smart […]

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Super-abusive ‘cute’ greeting cards (NSFW) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Greeting cards are a dicey affair, either they’re sentimental or there’s a joke with a big—often unfunny—punchline. This is why I prefer my messages with a little black humor in them. You know the person giving you the card loves you, so it’s just fine if you give...


IBM Tests Smart Contract Prototype With Mitsubishi UFJ "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Multinational technology company IBM has recently announced a blockchain collaboration with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU). As part of this partnership, the two plan to research the execution of contracts between companies using blockchain technology.

Also read: OpenBazaar 2.0 Now Running on Tor Network

Blockchain-Based Automated Agreements Between Both Companies

IBMThe two firms plan on piloting distributed ledger concepts to automate transactions between each other.

The companies say this is one of the first projects to utilize the Hyperledger Project architecture. The blockchain facilitates real-time contracts using the IBM Cloud. The prototype purportedly uses smart contracts to improve efficiency and accountability of agreements “multi-party business interactions.”

Mr. Motoi Mitsuishi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of BTMU Asia & Oceania said:

Blockchain technology has the potential to change not only the financial world, but also other areas of the business world, leading to improved efficiency of the end-to-end business process.

BTMU Will Utilize the Prototype Next Year

bank tokyo mitsubishi ufjBTMU plans on using the protocol to manage contracts in 2017. Additionally, both firms will monitor the delivery and utilization of equipment with a sensor connected to the blockchain. The companies state this will automate the invoicing and payment processing between the firms.

Mr. Mitsuishi says they are embarking on this mission to exploit the potential of distributed ledgers. BTMU is pleased with the R&D efforts by IBM Global Business Services and believes the giant tech firm will bring blockchain applications to fruition.

IBM has steadily expanded its blockchain services and capabilities to many client...


Sponsor // Get 50% Off the Craftsy Online-Video Class ‘Dynamic Detail in Pen, Ink & Watercolor’ "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Depict the world around you in fascinating detail using a relaxed, methodical approach. With artist and instructor Steven Reddy as your guide, capture highly detailed scenes as you learn techniques for creating contour drawings, grisaille underpaintings, beautiful watercolors, and more. Enroll in the online Craftsy class, Dynamic Detail in Pen, Ink & Watercolor, for 50% off today — a special offer for Colossal readers.

In these online-video lessons, you’ll learn how to break down a complex scene into an initial sketch that’s light and loose. Then, create contour drawing and a grisaille underpainting that will bring extraordinary dimension to your work, before using a limited watercolor palette to enhance your piece with harmonious color. Finally, finish your work by using contour lines to suggest shaping and hatch marks to create texture.

Visit today to get 50% off lifetime access to the online class, Dynamic Detail in Pen, Ink & Watercolor, and give it a try risk-free with Craftsy’s 100% money-back promise. Offer expires September 26, 2016 at 11:59pm MT.


Benjamin Fulford -- September 19th 2016: Hillary Clinton is dead, Bill on the run as Clinton Foundation scandals finish the DC crooks off "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

(Stillness in the Storm Editor) In honor of Ben's wishes to withhold posting the full update here is a portion of his report.

This post will be updated after approximately 3 days since its initial release; usually on Thursday.

Added links below.

- Justin

Source - Benjamin Fulford

The Khazarian mafia is in a state of extreme panic following the death of their presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on September 11th. Below is a screenshot of the ABC Television announcement of her death that was deleted from the internet.
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Bitcoin Price Still Bruised After Bitfinex Hack "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin suffered a black eye in August because of the Bitfinex hack, but the digital currency quickly mounted a recovery.



This Is Hilarious: Man Shouts “Hillary For Prison” And Clinton Responds With “Let’s Make It Happen!” "IndyWatch Feed Survival"


You’d think we’re making up the follow incident involving Hillary Clinton, but luckily, just like her recent medical emergency, it was all caught on video.

Paul Joseph Watson explains:

Hillary Clinton was caught in an embarrassing moment when someone at her rally yelled “Hillary for prison!”, to which the presidential candidate responded, “Let’s make it happen!”

The cringeworthy moment was captured on film.

Given her now notorious propensity for being constantly “confused,” Hillary probably thought the man was saying “Hillary for president!,” but nothing could be further from the truth.

And the video:

Via Youtube:

Yes, America, let’s make it happen!


Pagan Community Notes: Cherry Hill Seminary; Tarot Ban Lifted; TWH Fall Fund Drive and more! "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Cherry Hill SeminaryCOLUMBIA, S.C. — Cherry Hill Seminary (CHS) has announced the launch of a new Community Ministry Certificate. In partnership with the Sacred Well Congregation, the new 15-month program is designed to lead to ministerial credentials. The program covers such topics as ethics, leading ritual, diversity understanding, family dynamics, addiction and more.

As we previously reported, CHS has recently found itself at a crossroads. Director Holli Emore has said, “Unpredictable cash flow has compromised our ability to be sustainable. The nature of the extended Pagan community, the economy, and even the very face of higher education have all changed dramatically in the past decade.”

Despite that struggle, the organization is continuing operation, keeping its commitment to students. The new ministerial program is part of that work. In a press release, CHS notes that they never offered this type of training before because, as they explain, times were different: “Most people belonged to covens, and some of those leaders advised CHS founders of a concern that students would leave their home group if they got training elsewhere. Now a large percentage of Pagans surveyed say that they are either solitary by choice or unaffiliated with a group for other reasons. Finally, most tradition training does not cover the topics taught at a seminary.”

Registration for the new program begins in November. In meantime, CHS has just launched a new survey to help gather input “in planning [their] programs so that they can best meet [the community’s] needs.”

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heathercooperPARKERSBURG, W.Va — It was announced that the city council of Parkersburg had a change of heart and has lifted the ban on fortune telling. The reversal to the July decision came Tuesday, surprising many locals. Heather Cooper, who had initially challenged the law, was there to witness the vote, and told a local journalist, “I figured it would be passed, but when they finally said it was passed we weren’t really sure that it was passed. We figured there would be a lot more to it. So we were like what?”

As we previously reported in June, Cooper had discovered that fortune telling was banned in the city. As a result, she was unable to fully operate Hawthorn, her new metaphysical store that focused primarily on tarot reading. When she challenged the old code, the city council upheld the ban. At the time, Cooper pledged to fight, launching a GoFundMe campaign that ended up raising $500 to cover legal retaining fees.

Then, this past Tuesday, the ban was dropped. We caught up with Cooper, and she briefly explained what happened to change the city’s mind. “The ACLU wrote them a letter, telling them it was unconstitutional. Parkersburg lost a lawsuit the last time the ACLU was involved over panhandlers. [The city] lost $80,000. The city attorney told them they had to pass it.”

Cooper added that it helpe...


A Vintage Lover’s Home in Long Beach, CA "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

A Vintage Lover’s Home in Long Beach, CA

 You can find just about anything online these days, including the perfect house. After randomly Googling “homes for sale in Long Beach,” Michelle and Karim Qazi found themselves on a website that specializes in Cliff May homes. With king palms, a swimming pool, and more windows than walls, they were more than sold on their first home – they were in love.

Before moving in, the happy couple knew that they needed to tear down walls, move the laundry out of the kitchen and into the garage, and gut the kitchen. They got the renovation process started and left for a few weeks to get married in Hawaii. When they returned, the only place that wasn’t completely torn up or full of storage was the garage. They opened up the garage door and tried to eat some drive-thru tacos – their first official meal at home. But without a working light in the garage, they had to open and close the garage every two minutes to trigger the overhead light to stay on.

Fortunately, they’ve come a long way since then. They now have two kids, two dogs, and a beautiful home full of unique treasures. As the owner of 6th and Detroit, a vintage store located in Downtown Long Beach, CA and online, it’s only natural for Michelle to express her creative spirit in decorating her home. Her goal was to “…create an inviting, warm space by mixing mid-century styles that feel current and using as many textures as possible. [She] wanted to embrace indoor/outdoor living and utilize all the natural light.” With a clean, functional home surrounded sunlight and plants, the Qazi family created their own paradise in California. —Tawnee

Photography by Christel Robleto



Living Room
Green Couch – Custom design by David Galindo
Embroidered Pillows – Safavieh
Rug and Coffee Table- Vintage by 6th And Detroit
Mirror – Homegoods
White Potted Plants – Peacock & Co.

Detail Living Room Shot:
Painted Sun Mirror – Vintage Etsy
White Circle Wall Sconce – Ikea
Cane Club Chair – American Standard Supply Co.
Pillow, Rug, Rattan Plant Stand and African Market Basket – Vintage by 6th And Detroit
White Potted Ponytail Palm – Peacock & Co.

Detail Living Room Shot
White Potted Fiddle Leaf – Peacock & Co.
Ceramic Lamp – Vintage Etsy
Speaker Table – Long Beach Flea Market
George Nelson Herman Miller Sofa Tab...


The Quotable David Salle "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Dana Schutz, Frank as a Proboscis Monkey, cropped, 2002, 36

Dana Schutz, Frank as a Proboscis Monkey (detail), 2002, 36" x 32".

Recently, thanks to heavy wait times at the twenty-four-hour Genius Bar on Fifth Avenue, I found myself killing an evening at the Plaza with nothing to read but the galleys of a book of art criticism, How to See, by the painter David Salle. It turned out to be perfect company—witty, chatty, intimate, sharp. And slightly exotic (at least for this reader): you rarely see novelists write so knowingly, on a serious first-name basis, about each other’s work. Soon I was dog-earing and drawing lines in the margins next to favorite passages, as for example:

On recent paintings by Alex Katz:

Some of the color has the elegance and unexpectedness of Italian fashion design: teal blue with brown, black with blue and cream. You want to look at, wear, and eat them all at the same time.

On Dana Schutz:

She’s especially adept at handling a range of greens that aren’t found in nature but are often used to describe it, and she has a no-nonsense, unfussy way of building images that used to be called plasticity. The scale of her brushstrokes is almost always right—the marks suit what they describe, and gesture is most often harnessed to the painting’s internal architecture, not just surface decoration.

On Roy Lichtenstein:

It may look as though a painting, especially one as tidy as Roy’s, is the result of a set of decisions, but those decisions are in fact made at the end of a brush.

On Jeffrey Koons:

If abstract painting expresses the idea “You are what you do,” and pop art expresses the idea “You are what you like,” then Koons’s art says, “You are what other people like.”

On John Baldessari:

At least three generations of artists have had themselves photographed doing dumb stuff in banal settings. This is largely John’s fault. What the aesthetic embedded in John’s work accomplished was to give the everyday-Joe artist a way to embrace and lavish a little love on the everyday-Joe visual culture that is all around us, especially if one is stuck in the provinces and doesn’t really have access to the ethos or the rationale of a more highbrow style.

On Jack Goldstein’s films:

It’s like walking through dried leaves on a chilly fall day—you keep your hands in your pockets, kicking leaves into the gutter, all the while hoping someone will see and feel sorry for you. The self-consciousness of the act doesn’t necessarily diminish its poetry.

On André Derain:

Continuity is the dialogue a painter carries on with himself in the guise of his precursors. It’s what stays left after the novelty burns down.

On Francis Picabia (“c’est moi”):

When Picabia turned his hand to realism—basically a system in which volumetric form is defined by contrasts of light and shadow—he kept his penchant for outlining as a kind of graphic stimulation, and the mash-up of volume plus outline gives the paintings of the ’30s and ’40s a brazen, provocative feeling ... The work is so undefended—it was exhilarating.

On Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate:

It’s a giant baby toy, something that would be suspended over a crib, like...


Journal to retract study declaring safety of asbestos roofs: Report "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Only a few months after publication, an environmental journal has told an activist group it plans to retract a paper about the safety of roofing products containing asbestos after facing heavy criticism. This summer, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) received multiple letters asking the to retract the paper. Critics of the paper — which concluded […]

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Biotech Giants Bayer and Monsanto Sign Mammoth Merger Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The agritech world got a lot bigger this week when German chemical giant Bayer inked an agreement to acquire Monsanto for $66 billion in cash. The 2 companies had been bickering for months, and this was the 3rd refurbished offer. In the end, Bayer agreed to pay $128 per share, up from the company’s previous offer of $127.50. [1]

The agreement makes it the largest all-cash deal on record.

Markus Manns of Union Investment, one of Bayer’s top 12 investors, said:

“Bayer’s competitors are merging, so not doing this deal would mean having a competitive disadvantage.”

Details of the Merger

Among the terms included in the merger is a $2 billion breakup fee that Bayer would pay to Monsanto should U.S. and/or European anti-trust concerns cause the transaction to fall through. Analysts say the proposed merger faces will likely face an intense and protracted regulatory process in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and the European Union (EU). [2]

Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said the companies will need to file in about 30 jurisdictions for the merger.

On September 13, Bernstein Research analysts said they only saw a 50% chance of the proposed merger winning regulatory clearance, though a survey among investors put the likelihood at 70%. [1]

What a Merger Would Mean for Food

Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto will give the company more than 1/4 of the world market for seeds and pesticides. That means less industry competition, higher seed prices, and as a result, higher food prices. Let me break it down a bit.

Bayer seeks to combine its crop chemicals business – the world’s second-largest behind Syngenta AG – with Monsanto’s seed business to make it the go-to place for farmers. Everything they need would be in 1 place.

But because Bayer will be a one-stop shop, they will have the power to sell seeds at insanely high prices – ones that would be burdensome to many farmers, who are already struggling.

John Colley, a professor at Warwick Business School, said:

“Bayer’s acquisition of ‘Frankenstein’ crop producer Monsanto could be a horror story for both Bayer and its customers: the farmers. The farmers will lose out as product ranges are rationalized and attempts are made to increase prices.” [3]

The farmers have to make up for the higher costs somehow, so they will have to slap a bigger price tag on their crops.


Read: Farmers Reject GM Seeds, Citing High Costs and Few Benefits

Professor Radhakrishnan Gopalan, a professor at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, explained:

“[Food] will definitely get more expensive. I’m guessing all over, because it’s not just this merger. Any consolidation is not good for consumers.”

That’s right, the industry is about to shrink even more.

U.S. chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont plan to merge and may later transform their respective seeds and crop chemicals operations...


happy monday I hate myself with this "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

happy monday I hate myself with this


Scientists Create Baby Mice Without Using Fertilized Eggs "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Scientists in the UK have found a method of creating offspring without using female eggs. In an experiment at Bath University scientists successfully created healthy baby mice using sperm that was injected directly into modified, inactive mouse embryos rather than from a fertilized egg cells.  International Business Times reports: This is the first time offspring have been born without egg cells, suggesting the process of fertilisation is more complicated than we once thought. It is important to be clear – an egg was required for the mice to be born. In their study published in Nature Communications, scientists started with an egg and created an artificial signal to make it develop into an embryo. Normally, these embryos – parthenogenotes – die after a few days because they need sperm to continue the developmental process. However, researchers were able to inject sperm into the parthenogenotes to allow fertilisation. Moreover, the fertilised embryos resulted in healthy mice being born in 24% of the experiments. Tony Parry, a molecular embryologist and senior author of the paper, said: “This is first time that full term development has been achieved by injecting sperm into embryos. It had been thought that only an egg cell was capable [...]

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Looks like some early Hüsker Dü demos are coming down the pike "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

We’re a little short on details, but on Saturday afternoon the Chicago-based archival record label known as Numero Group—you’ve seen


the label “traitor” doesn’t stick to snowden, agc. "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

the label “traitor” doesn’t stick to snowden, agc.


Meet the Artist Running for State Rep in Rural Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Kate McGraw,

Kate McGraw, “Chouffe Mountain” (2013), mixed media paintings and drawings on canvas, panel and paper, wall-drawing, and rug showroom, New York (all images courtesy the artist) (click to enlarge)

I always remember Kate McGraw’s artworks as a colorful sprawl of integrated textures — equal parts playful, abstract, and socially aware. During an open studios event at Brooklyn College, when she was a Master’s candidate in Fine Arts, McGraw’s studio stood out from her cohorts’ by being a work of art in itself; her walls were meticulously pencilled over, creating a ever-evolving lattice of iridescent hues. Readying a space where art could emerge, she said, was as important as making individual works of art. Now she’s running for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 92nd legislative district, applying a similar methodology to the campaign trail.

Kate McGraw (photo by Dreaming Tree Studios)

Kate McGraw (photo by Dreaming Tree Studios) (click to enlarge)

The regional issues that most affect voters in McGraw’s district are agricultural and educational. The area is predominantly rural, comprised of Cumberland and York counties in southern Pennsylvania, and boasts a wealth of public schools. McGraw, running as an Independent for the newly opened seat, is hoping to appeal to both Republicans and Democrats, while her opponent, Dawn Keefer, is running on the Republican ticket. With only two candidates on the ballot, could the election turn into a showdown? McGraw’s opponent bills herself as a businesswoman, but McGraw has over 14 years of experience as the independent proprietor of a successful studio practice.

I recently spoke with McGraw via Skype, inquiring into the particulars of her platform, her political inspirations, and how her campaign for State Representative of Pennsylvania could be considered a work of art.

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Jeffrey Grunthaner: What are some of the issues you’re addressing in your campaign?

Kate McGraw: My platform focuses on agricultural issues, preser...


Fujifilm Announces Its Medium Format Mirrorless, the 51MP GFX 50S "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


Fujifilm made a bombshell announcement in the camera world today by officially revealing the development of its new medium format mirrorless camera. The GFX 50S, the first camera in the new GFX line, is a 51.4 megapixel medium format mirrorless camera.

The new camera, which has been rumored since June, “will deliver unmatched and exceptional image quality,” Fujifilm says.

Images shot with the camera are processed through Fuji’s X-Processor Pro, which is highly regarded for its color and tone reproduction abilities.

The GFX 50S features a new Fujifilm G format sensor, one that measures 43.8×32.9mm and offers 51.4MP in resolution. The sensor can be adapted to various aspect ratios. 4:3 is the default, but you can also choose 3:2, 1:1, 4:5, 6:7, and 6:17 — aspect ratios that were available in traditional large and medium format cameras.


Compared to traditional medium format cameras, however, the GFX is more compact and lighter. It also follows in the footsteps in the X Series by offering a wide range of physical buttons and dials while maintaining an ergonomic design.

While there isn’t a built-in viewfinder, there’s a separate detachable electronic viewfinder that can be removed if you’d like to shoot using an external monitor (or if you’d like the camera to be even lighter and more portable).


An optional adapter can be added to use the EVF at any angle. There’s also a Vertical Battery Grip attachment for helping you shoot in portrait orientation.


The GFX 50S will use a new lineup of Fujinon GF lenses that are designed specifically for the new G mount. Fuji has designed the G Mount to have a short flange back distance of 26.7mm to minimize the back focus distance, preventing vignetting and achieving edge-to-edge sharpness.

There will initially be 6 len...


Fuji GFX medium format mirrorless camera announced! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Oh dear Fuji what you did to me today! My wife is leaving me because I am using our life savings for this one: A new GFX medium format camera! Just joking of course. But Fuji really did somethign amazing…

The post Fuji GFX medium format mirrorless camera announced! appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


China Heads 57 Nation Alliance Against U.S. (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"


“This is a bigger financial threat than Islamic terrorism or a Nuclear Iran. Our fiercest enemies and closest allies have just formed a 57-nation alliance. They have one goal: to dethrone America as the world’s financial superpower.”  – The Sovereign Investor News.

There is a country that is forming alliances against America. A country that wants to be the superpower of the world. A country that imprisons political dissidents, pushes forced labor camps, and sells organs on the black market. A country that owns a good portion of America and it’s rearing it’s ugly head in a powerful way.

Here’s what is about to slap us all in the face….

Facts About China:

  1. China is a one-party communist country, though it allows some forms of capitalism. Chinese corporations belong to the state and money for corporations become money for the state. Every business is under the control of the government.
  2. More than 82 million people in China are very poor. But the government is rich because they take all the money from the corporations.
  3. For 40 years Chinese citizens were only allowed to have one child per family, if they had more they were forced to have an abortion. In 2016 they changed the law. Citizens can now request to have two children.
  4. China has labor camps. Many are kept secret. These prisons are not for regular criminals. They are for religious believers, reporters, journalists, and anyone who disagrees with their regime.
  5. There is a lot of persecution and regulations on religious groups. Christianity, Tibetan Buddhists, and those of the Falun Gong religion are specifically targeted.
  6. China banned the Falun Gong religion and these people can be sent to labor camps and killed simply for practicing their faith.
  7. Christians are only allowed to practice their faith in stated approved churches. The Government has bulldozed churches a...


Why Was This Natural Medicinal Substance Banned by the DEA? "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Wes Annac, Editor-in-Chief, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel I wrote the following for the 215th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a weekly document offered here on the blog for $11.11 a month. Income from the newsletter helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription … Continue reading Why Was This Natural Medicinal Substance Banned by the DEA?


Responsible advertisers must boycott climate-sceptic Mail, Sun, Times, Telegraph, Express "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A handful of right wing media billionnaires have been using their newspapers as propaganda rags to attack climate science and oppose climate action, writes Donnachadh McCarthy. Yet even 'climate leader' companies like M&S are fuelling their profits by advertising with them. Now a new #deadvertisment campaign is demanding them to stop, right now.

Responsible advertisers must boycott climate-sceptic Mail, Sun, Times, Telegraph, Express "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A handful of right wing media billionnaires have been using their newspapers as propaganda rags to attack climate science and oppose climate action, writes Donnachadh McCarthy. Yet even 'climate leader' companies like M&S are fuelling their profits by advertising with them. Now a new #Deadvertisment campaign is demanding them to stop, right now.


Chalky Finish Painted Furniture "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

A few years ago I started getting emails from product companies about chalk paint. Chalk paint this, chalk paint that. It was, dare I use the word; trendy. The advantage of chalk paint over other sorts of furniture paint was that, in addition to a soft matte finish, the application process was far more forgiving than regular paint. Minimal prep work, less-noticeable brush strokes, and some nifty self-leveling properties that made any paint job look professional. Neat stuff right? But the price tag for the trendy chalk paint ran around $40 for a quart. And even more if you bought the finishing wax. So, all-in, you were looking at $80 in supplies to paint a $10 thrift store chair? No thanks.

Granted, those emails were from people contacting me to offer free samples, but, when you are a blogger and you take stuff for free there is an expectation that you will post about it, and that puts the blogger in an awkward spot. If I hate the product and I post an honest review, it hurts the company and makes me look bad for whining in public. If I like the stuff and talk about it, people second guess the honesty of the review and/or it looks like I’m pandering for free stuff (which is hilarious because the last thing in the world I need or want is MORE STUFF). So, for the most part, the only time I take a product review or sponsored post is if I have already put my own hard earned money on the line to buy it. Because if I buy it and like it, I can tell you, with all sincerity, that it is worth the money. Which brings us to the product of the day: Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint.


I saw this on an end cap at Michaels earlier this year and grabbed a few pots. I liked the colors – muted and pale but not pastel. I liked the size – at 8oz they are bigger than regular acrylic tubes, smaller than a quart of house paint, large enough to dip a whole brush in the top. I liked the price tag – under $10. Way, way less than the $40 I had seen (and spent) on those other kinds of chalk paint. So I thought, why not give it a wirl?  And you know what?

It goes on LIKE A DREAM. It has a sort of creaminess to it that you don’t find in acrylic paint. The color is opaque without being too thick, but dries smooth in a way you usually only get from thin house paint. So yeah, I’m a fan. So when the folks at Deco Art asked if they could sponsor a post wherein I overhaul a piece of furniture with their line of chalky paint I was like UMMM YES PLEASE.


Most people use chalk paint finishes for revamping old furniture – flea market-esque, antiquey looking things with distressed edges, which is AWESOME, but I wanted to see if it could use it for something for modern. Utilitarian. Functional, yet whimsical. And then I rolled over and saw my old Ikea dresser and an idea was born.



Floral Cross-Stitch Street Installations by Raquel Rodrigo "IndyWatch Feed Arts"



Set designer and artist Raquel Rodrigo brings the macro details of cross-stitch embroidery to building facades around Madrid. Her colorful installations are prepared beforehand with enlarged cross-stitch techniques utilizing thick string wrapped on wire mesh before each is unrolled and affixed to a surface. The decorative pieces create a fun, pixelated texture that looks completely different close up versus at a distance. You can see much more here. (via Lustik)






Vietnamese Bitcoin MLM Scheme Sees Deposits of $1 Million "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

An MLM-based investment scheme that used bitcoin as its transactional currency has gone bust, in Vietnam. A Vietnamese investment scheme that used multi-level-marketing (MLM) and bitcoin as its currency to promise investors returns of 144% a month has come to an end. MLM trading is illegal by law in Vietnam, as deemed by the Vietnam […]

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Open Letter to NoDAPL Struggle, from the ZAD "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Camille / Zone A Défendre


Dear Water Protectors,

I write to you knowing that I have more to learn from your centuries of resistance to colonization than I could ever offer you myself. When I talk about land defense, it’s on the scale of four thousand acres, not the scale of continents. Yet I see many similarities to a struggle I’ve been involved in and want to share my reflections in the hope that you can sidestep our mistakes without having to make them yourselves. I don’t intend to propose a model, only some thoughts and an invitation to share the questions they provoke with the people around you.

In 2009, the movement I’m a part of started a similar encampment structure to yours which we renamed the Zad, (Zone to be Defended), with multiple camps spread out across a wide area. The impetus was to resist the construction of a proposed airport, invited by the local people and farmers who had been opposing the project for 40 years and who were frustrated with the ineffectiveness of their legal battles. The movement is composed of a wide range of groups, from anti-authoritarian squatters to farmers to environmentalists, located near Notre-Dame-des-Landes, France. People there fight to protect land, and water, against an airport but also against the world that needs airports as part of a global capitalist economy based on exploitation. Fighting for community self-determination, for autonomy, against domination, hierarchy, and the false choices of who will make our decisions for us – because the option of collective control over our lives is never in the public hearing, never on the ballot. We defended against police eviction in the fall of 2012, and are gearing up to resist another threatened attack in October.

One of our greatest strengths is unity in diversity – organizing together towards a common goal while using our different tactics and abilities, and being able to use the social legitimacy of the farmers losing their land to eminent domain alongside the latent threat of violence from unpredictable “riff-raff.” Our enemies know that when we are standing together we’re powerful, and they will do whatever they can to pressure the lines of possible division they find and sow dissent. In the anti-airport movement, these groups use a range of tactics, and have informal agreements not to discredit each other in the media if they use tactics they wouldn’t use themselves. We strive to discuss our problems internally in general assemblies and not offer clear examples of division to the government. The most delicate part of this has been finding a balance between staying together as a diverse movement with the strength and trust to have constructive, open, debates, while not falling prey to those who use the idea of “unity in the face of imminent threat” to perpetuate internal oppression and silence dissent. This occurred many times during the evictions at the Zad, where the concerns of women and queer people were forever pushed aside for a “later” that never came.

As you’ve sur...


WATCH: Tribes From Across North America Converge on Standing Rock "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

PBS News Hour reported from the Dakota Access pipeline protests this weekend. Over 100 Native American tribes are gathered at Standing Rock Reservation, where PBS reporter William Branghan recapped a week of protests.

Brangham explained one of the reasons for the ongoing actions:

2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelines across the U.S. do sometimes leak and rupture, and when they do, they often spill far more oil than a single train car carries. Since 1995, there’s been more than 2,000 significant accidents on oil and gas pipelines, causing about $3 billion in property damage.

See a full transcript of the report here.

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A Split-Level Gem Where Two styles Have Become One "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

A Split-Level Gem Where Two styles Have Become One

When most homeowners start to look for a new abode, it’s all about location, location, location. It makes sense. Buying a home is a big investment, so where it stands isn’t something to take lightly. But when you love every corner of your city as much as LUSITANO1143’s founder Carlos João Parreira and his partner Greg do, location takes a backseat to finding a gem you can make your own.

Nearly two years ago, these New Yorkers decided to leave the rent race and find a spot to call their own. When they did, Carlos and Greg expanded their search well beyond the Tribeca stomping grounds they were so familiar with. No borough was off-limits, and no apartment was outside of their consideration. They were looking for outdoor space, a place that would let them combine their styles, and a spot to settle down with their two pets. In the end, a stand-out, split-level apartment situated in one of Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s old cheesecake factories proved to be the perfect option for the pair.

The sleek – yet casual – apartment boasts private, outdoor space and three stories worth of renovations. When all was said and done, the biggest undertaking proved to be re-outfittting the kitchen. It took over 20 trips to IKEA to finish up the space! The pair loves entertaining, though, so renovating the social hub of their home was worth it. Now, guests are greeted by a marble waterfall countertop and streamlined, white cabinetry. When the entertaining is done, it’s now easier than ever for Carlos and Greg to plop down in bed thanks to another of their renovations. The previous owners had a simple ladder leading to their suite, but the full staircase Carlos and Greg installed is much more to the pair’s liking.

While the overhaul was challenging, the changes have proven to be the perfect backdrop for worldly accessories from Carlos’ Portuguese upbringing and Greg’s stint in the UK. The combination of their collections gives the space the dash of personality they’d always wanted in a home. “Our favorite spaces have always been those that reflected the people that lived there, those that made us want to have a cocktail with the [owners],” the couple tells us. I think you’ll agree after taking a peek inside their Brooklyn space that Carlos and Greg have created such a home as that. Anyone would be lucky to sip on a cocktail while soaking up this pretty apartment. Until that day comes, you can virtually visit this stylish set’s first home together after the jump. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Carlos João Parreira...


China Targets Live Orca and Penguin in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Not satisfied with endangered Turtles and fish in their Aquariums, a recent leak shows just how tenacious the Chinese have become in their quest for rare and exotic aquarium animals. Chinese company “Welwitschia Aquatic and Wildlife Scientific Research” has applied to the Namibian Government for the yearly live capture and export of the following animals.

* 10 Orca (Killer Whales)
* 500-1000 Cape Fur Seals
* 300-500 African Penguins
* 50-100 Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins
* 50-100 Common Bottlenose Dolphins
* Various Sharks and other species
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In a leaked document, the company claims it will “help Namibia sustainably harvest excess marine mammals in a humane manner, which instead of killing, will consist of the live exportation for such marine life to add value to other cultures and markets as well as breed and increase in such new habitats (sic).”

The company further claims that “the Namibian fish catches are on a “downward spiral” in recent years, partly because of overprotected cetacean and pinniped species that have increased “dramatically” and they are preying on a large number of fish. This state of affairs has led to dramatic reductions in the available fish numbers in the Namibian waters,” the proposal reads.

Such assertions however cannot go unchallenged. While fish harvests per boat / hour have reduced in Namibia, this is largely due to overfishing. Namibia has issued far too many fish quota permits, especially to Spanish and shell companies, and this is what has impacted the fishery the most. Animals such as Dolphin, Seals, Orca, Sharks and Penguins are just part of a healthy ecosystem. To blame them for the fishery collapse is disingenuous to say the least.

Secondly, the request fails to address the conservation status of most of the target species, which reads like a “who’s who” of endangered marine life – Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, Orca, Fin Whale, Pygmy Sperm Whale, Rough-Toothed Dolphin, Heaviside’s Dolphin – All are on Appendix I or Appendix II of CITES, which should afford them significant protection. Namibia of course has a long history of ignoring CITES with their Seal Clubbing industry that kills around 90,000 seal pups per year.

In many ways the USA led the way on Cetacean and pinniped Captivity, and now China is taking over. SeaWorld, SeaQuarium and the Atlanta Aquarium raped and pillaged marine ecosystems globally, but the Blackfish effect and increased awareness among US Consumers has seen such Animal Amusement Parks fall from favour. Just last week a bill passed in California banning the breeding of Captive Orca. SeaWorld Share price is on a downward spiral. SeaQuarium at times now resembles a ghost town. Conservation and Animal groups have welcomed the fall from grace of such organisations. It would seem however that China is taking over, and what we are seeing may make Sea World’s efforts look insignificant in comparison.


Beyond Farming: USDA’s Sedelta Oosahwee Knows How to Help Tribes "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Sedelta Oosahwee is only 35, but already she has made her mark serving tribal governments in Washington, D.C....

Ak-Chin Tribal Members Join North Dakota Pipeline Water Protectors "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cecily Peters and three other members of the Ak-Chin Indian Community loaded into an SUV Friday evening September 9 and...

Paine becomes 11th hurricane of the season, moving north toward Baja California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Paine" formed at 03:00 UTC on September 18, 2016, off the west coast of Mexico and became the 16th named tropical cyclone of the 2016 Pacific hurricane season. Paine thus tied with 1992 for most tropical cyclones on record formed between...... Read more »

Significant landslide on Piz Cengalo, Swiss Alps "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A significant landslide event occurred on the Piz Cengalo, a mountain in the Bregaglia range of the Alps on the border between the Swiss canton of Graubünden and Italy, on September 11, 2016. This is the same mountain where approximately 1.5 million m2 (4.9...... Read more »


Statin treatment increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 46%. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Diabetologia. 2015 May ;58(5):1109-17. Epub 2015 Mar 10. PMID: 25754552 Abstract Title:  Increased risk of diabetes with statin treatment is associated with impaired insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion: a 6 year follow-up study of the METSIM cohort. Abstract:  AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this work was to investigate the mechanisms underlying the risk of type 2 diabetes associated with statin treatment in the population-based Metabolic Syndrome in Men (METSIM) cohort.METHODS: A total of 8,749 non-diabetic participants, aged 45-73 years, were followed up for 5.9 years. New diabetes was diagnosed in 625 men by means of an OGTT, HbA1c ≥6.5% (48 mmol/mol) or glucose-lowering medication started during the follow-up. Insulin sensitivity and secretion were evaluated with OGTT-derived indices.RESULTS: Participants on statin treatment (N = 2,142) had a 46% increased risk of type 2 diabetes (adjusted HR 1.46 [95% CI 1.22, 1.74]). The risk was dose dependent for simvastatin and atorvastatin. Statin treatment significantly increased 2 h glucose (2hPG) and glucose AUC of an OGTT at follow-up, with a nominally significant increasein fasting plasma glucose (FPG). Insulin sensitivity was decreased by 24% and insulin secretion by 12% in individuals on statin treatment (at FPG and 2hPG


Is Our Generation Doomed, or Are We Just Getting Started? A Message From WECO "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Is our generation doomed, or are we just getting started? The blessings and plights of the 21st century. By The Weco Team, Evolve and Ascend What the hell is going on today? Are we the luckiest generation that has ever lived, or are we the most cursed? Like any existential question, the answer has many … Continue reading Is Our Generation Doomed, or Are We Just Getting Started? A Message From WECO


Statin therapy deteriorates insulin sensitivity in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Clin Lipidol. 2016 Jul-Aug;10(4):1004-10. Epub 2016 May 10. PMID: 27578133 Abstract Title:  Statin treatment is associated with insulin sensitivity decrease in type 1 diabetes mellitus: A prospective, observational 56-month follow-up study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Statins are effective in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular events in individuals with and without diabetes. Emerging evidence, however, suggests that statins might reduce insulin sensitivity and secretion in healthy population and in type 2 diabetes.OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the effect of statin therapy introduction on insulin sensitivity in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM).METHODS: This prospective observational 56-month long study included 832 randomly selected T1DM patients aged 25 to 61 years. Uncontrolled dyslipidemia and clinician-perceived need for treatment, rather than randomization, were basis for individuals being started on either atorvastatin or simvastatin (10-40 mg); N = 345, 41.47%. Patients on statin treatment were compared with those unexposed to statin. Insulinsensitivity was assessed using equation derived from euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp studies-estimated glucose disposal rate.RESULTS: Patients who started statin therapy (N = 345, 59.42% atorvastatin and 40.58% simvastatin) experienced a greater decrease in insulin sensitivity (19.27% vs 12.82% P


Krishnamurti Quotes: Crisis in Consciousness "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

via J. We are facing a tremendous crisis; a crisis which the politicians can never solve because they are programmed to think in a particular way—nor can the scientists understand or solve the crisis; nor yet the business world, the world of money. The turning point, the perceptive decision, the challenge, is not in … Continue reading Krishnamurti Quotes: Crisis in Consciousness


Why I’m Grateful to the Jerks in My Life "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Marquita Herald, Emotionally Resilient Living September 21st is World Gratitude Day and as thankful as I am for friends, family, good health, my new home, red wine, peanut butter cookies and (especially) my dog Lucy, today I’d like to take a moment to express gratitude to an often overlooked and undervalued group – the … Continue reading Why I’m Grateful to the Jerks in My Life


Can’t Afford Solar Panels? Here’s How Some Organizations Are Making Them Free "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution Why solar panels? The solar power generation has emerged as one of the quickest growing renewable sources of electricity, offering several advantages over other forms of electricity generation. Solar energy production doesn’t require fossil fuels, resulting in a reduced dependence on this limited and expensive natural resource. Solar power production … Continue reading Can’t Afford Solar Panels? Here’s How Some Organizations Are Making Them Free


John Austen’s Haunting Illustrations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet: A Masterpiece of the Aesthetic Movement (1922) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


We’ve popularly come to think of the Victorian era as one in which a prudish, sentimental conservatism ruled with imperial force over the arts and culture. But that broad picture ignores the strong countercurrent of weird eroticism in the work of aesthetes like Dante Rossetti, Oscar Wilde, and Aubrey Beardsley.


Beardsley’s elegant, bawdy illustrations of Wilde’s erotic play Salome scandalized British society, as did the play itself. His penchant for occult subjects and a wickedly sensuous style resonated well into the 20th century. Salome was a highlight of the Aesthetic movement,” writes the Met, “and an early manifestation of Art Nouveau in England.” By the 1920s, Beardsley was perhaps one of the most influential of literary illustrators.


Irish artist Harry Clarke took directly from Beardsley in work like his richly-detailed 1926 edition of Goethe’s Faust. And in 1922, British artist John Austen modernized Hamlet by drawing on Clarke’s earlier work, as well as, quite clearly, on Beardsley. As artist John Coulthart remarks, “If you’re going to borrow a style then you may as well take from the best.” Like Beardsley’s Salome and Clarke’s...


Super-early video of The Police performing at legendary Boston rock club the ‘Rat’ in 1978 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Police circa 1978.
A huge tip of my hat goes out to the excellent Boston-based music and culture blog Vanyaland and their equally excellent editor-in chief Michael Marotta for posting this previously unseen footage of The Police performing at legendary Boston...


FIRE-EARTH Announcement 000919 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members FIRE-EARTH Announcement 000919 FIRE-EARTH Announcement 000919 is available from BEACONS.    Filed under: News Alert Tagged: CJ Members, FIRE-EARTH Announcement, FIRE-EARTH Announcement 000919


What 15 Almonds A Day Can Do For You "IndyWatch Feed Health"

What 15 Almonds A Day Can Do For You

Almonds are familiar to many people as a healthy food, but how exactly do they affect our health? Rich in many compounds that can be lacking in a Standard American Diet (appropriately abbreviated S.A.D.), almonds can be a tasty solution to many of the chronic health conditions and diseases seen today.

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Fire-Earth Alert: WGSL "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members FIRE-EARTH Alert: WGSL Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH RUBY BEACONS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 000919, 19 September 2016, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH BEACONS, RUBY BEACONS, WGSL, WGSL Alert


Monsanto/Bayer Merger: Shady Historical Origins, IG Farben, Hitler’s Chemical Genetic Engineering Cartel "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Dr. Vandana Shiva Originally published by   India is steeped in synthesized controversy, created by Monsanto on the first GM crop supposedly-approved for commercialisation in India. Engaged in litigation on many fronts, Monsanto is trying to subvert our Patent... Read More

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Global overpopulation is the real issue "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Nature itself, it appears, will likely “force our hand” to make necessary behavioral changes toward sustainability.


Comprehensive yogic practices are an effective modality for improving health and performance at high altitudes. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Altern Ther Health Med. 2016 Sep ;22(5):53-9. PMID: 27622961 Abstract Title:  Yoga Practice Improves Physiological and Biochemical Status at High Altitudes: A Prospective Case-control Study. Abstract:  UNLABELLED: Context• High altitude (HA) is a psychophysiological stressor for natives of lower altitudes. Reducing the morbidity and optimizing the performance of individuals deployed in an HA region has been attempted and reported with varied results. Objective • The present study intended to explore the effectsof comprehensive yogic practices on the health and performance of Indian soldiers deployed at HAs. Design • The research team designed a prospective, randomized, case-control study. SETTING: The study was done at Karu, Leh, India, at an altitude of 3445 m. Participants• Fully acclimatized soldiers in the Indian army were randomly selected from those posted to HA regions (ie, altitudes>3000 m). Intervention• The soldiers were divided into 2 groups of equal size. The first group, the control group, carried out the routine activities for physical training in the Indian army. The second group, the intervention group practiced a comprehensive yoga package, including physical asanas, pranayama, and meditation, and did not perform the physical training that the first group did. Both groups were monitored during their activities. Outcome Measures • A wide and comprehensive range of anthropometrical, physiological, biochemical, and psychological parameters were measured: (1) height and weight; (2) body fat percentage (BFP); (3) heart rate (HR); (4) respiratory rate (RR); (5) systolic and diastolic blood pressure (DPB); (6) peripheral saturation of oxygen; (7) end tidal CO2 (EtCO2); (8) chest expansion; (9) pulmonary function; (10) physical work capacity (VO2Max); (11) hematological variables;(12) lipid profile; (13) serum urea; (14) creatinine; (15) liver enzymes; (16) blood glucose; and (17) anxiety scores. Measurements were made at baseline and postintervention. Results • Two-hundred soldiers took part in the study. The yoga group showed a significant improvement in health indices and performance as compared with the control group. They had lower weights, BFPs, RRs, DBPs, and anxiety scores. They also had a significantly higher EtCO2, forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1), and VO2Max. Also, the yoga group showed a significant reduction in serum cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, triglycerides, and blood urea as compared with their preyoga levels and with the exercise group. Conclusions • Practice of yoga facilitates improvements in health and performance at HAs and is superior to routine training with physical exercises. Comprehensive yogic practices are an effective modality for improving health and performance at HAs.


Benjamin Fulford 9-19-16… “Hillary Clinton is dead, Bill on the run as Clinton Foundation scandals finish the DC crooks off” "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

benjamin_fulford_in_canoe_112New weekly report from Ben. Shall we say, at the very least, this is “very interesting”…

“The Khazarian mafia is in a state of extreme panic following the death of their presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on September 11th. Below is a screenshot of the ABC Television announcement of her death that was deleted from the internet.

“…Pentagon sources say that on October 1st, immediately after the end of the US corporations’ fiscal year, a new gold backed currency and possibly an entirely unexpected new leader (possibly Canada’s Justin Trudeau), will be announced.

“The Khazarians, in full panic mode, are now using a computer graphics generated Hillary Clinton to create the impression that it is business as usual.”


Hillary Clinton is dead, Bill on the run as Clinton Foundation scandals finish the DC crooks off
Posted by benjamin, September 19, 2016

The Khazarian mafia is in a state of extreme panic following the death of their presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on September 11th. Below is a screenshot of the ABC Television announcement of her death that was deleted from the internet.

The dragnet is now closing in on Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, Pentagon and agency sources say. Once that is exposed, the entire corrupt Washington DC establishment will crumble, the sources say.

This is what CIA sources say is planned next:

“We predicted Biden would be brought in 6+ months ago…Kaine, a disciple of the Central/ South American ‘liberation theologists’ will go along: one-term or less to Biden and the baton passed to Kaine ….this is the current plan, ready to be implemented.”

However, Pentagon sources say that on October 1st, immediately after the end of the US corporations’ fiscal year, a new gold backed currency and possibly an entirely unexpected new leader (possibly Canada’s Justin Trudeau), will be announced.

There will be high level negotiations between the Asians and the US military industrial complex this weekend to discuss these and other issues, White Dragon Society sources confirm.

The Khazarians, in full panic mode, are now using a computer graphics generated Hillary Clinton to create the impression that it is business as usual. To confirm this, please check the following video of Hillary that was broadcast after her “collapse” on September 11th. You can see the images on the smartphones being held up are entirely different from what is being shown on the stage (no Hillary, no flags). Also, if you go to the 20:15 mark, you can see her arm disappear, while Hillary herself vanishes at the 20:51 mark. See for yourself:

FULL: Hillary Clinton first speech since 9/11 spill …
FULL: Hillary Clinton fi...


Sony Unveils the a99 II: A 42.4MP Full Frame A-Mount Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


Sony today announced its new a99 II, a full frame single lens translucent (SLT) camera. With rumors of the A-mount’s demise swirling in the industry over the past year, this new camera shows that the A-mount will live on… at least for now.

Inside the a99 II is a new back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with a special “gapless-on-chip” design for improved light gathering and fast data readout. This gives the camera low-noise and high dynamic range across its ISO range of 100 to 25600 (expandable to 50 to 102400).


Sony is adding its 4D Focus system to a full-frame camera for the first time in the a99 II. The Hybrid Phase Detect AF system uses 79 dedicated phase detect points with 399 focal plane phase detection points. These 79 “hybrid” points help with fast autofocusing and the tracking of moving subjects.

Since the mirror inside the a99 II is translucent, it does not need to flap up and down like in DSLR cameras. This lets you have continuous autofocusing while using live view for both photos and videos, and it performs well in low-light situations in which other cameras would struggle.


Sony has also developed a new 5-axis in-body image stabilization system for its A-mount cameras that appears for the first time in the a99 II. The system compensates for 4.5 steps. Half-pressing the shutter button allows you to preview the image stabilization in live view.

When shooting indoor photos with artificial light, the a99 II has the ability to detect light flicker and time its shutter to minimize the flicker’s effect on your photos.


On the video front, the a99 II can shoot 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning using the XAVC S format. It can shoot 4K at 100Mbps, as well as slow motion 5x and quick motion at 60x (frame rates of 120fps to 1fps). Other pro features include picture profiles, time code, clean HDMI output, gamma assist, zebra mode, and S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma.



Londoners: I’m going to be on a panel (not knowing what I am doing) with some other snazzier... "IndyWatch Feed Comics"


I’m going to be on a panel (not knowing what I am doing) with some other snazzier bloggers/authors/people from my publishers talking about working online/getting the most out of it/answering questions and such. Thought it might remotely interest some or possibly none of you! But hey! 

It’s happening on the 3rd of October between 1-2pm at the Twitter offices in London and it is FREE with FREE FOOD, but if you would like to come along make sure you book a ticket here (all info is also on that link)

seeee ya maybe! 



In5D Alternative News for September 19, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Welcome to in5d News, your source for Alternative News related to POSITIVE change in our society. Alternative news is the REAL news that is not being reported on the main stream media (MSM). It also reveals the propaganda that IS being reported by the MSM. If you’ve noticed, the main stream media promotes violence, fear […]


Clinton’s Collapse: Conspiracists Are Going Batty "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

As inevitably as night follows day, Hillary Clinton’s collapse while leaving a 9/11 commemoration ceremony has invited conspiracy theorists to take to their keyboards and offer explanations as to what


Is it dangerous to set quotas for research output? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Yes, argues Roosy Aulakh, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, India. In last week’s BMJ, she argues that recent measures to force researchers in India to produce a minimum number of publications to obtain promotions could set the stage for many problems, including fraud. […]

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Portrait of a Gentleman (aka Cesare Borgia), Altobello Melone,... "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Portrait of a Gentleman (aka Cesare Borgia), Altobello Melone, 1st quarter of 16th century


15 Unexpected Wallpapers for Fall "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

15 Unexpected Wallpapers for Fall

Whenever fall rolls around, I turn my sights from outdoor house work back to indoor projects. I’ve been wanting to redo our mudroom/entryway (slides 5-7) for a while, so I’ve been slowly collecting wallpaper samples and paint chips to give the space a little energy and color. The rest of our house is pretty calming and neutral, but I’ve always loved the idea of an entryway being a little bit snazzier so it sends you out into the world with some pep in your step.

I’ve been deep-diving into wallpaper books and online galleries for the past few months and wanted to share 15 of my favorite unexpected wallpapers. Some of these designs are a little eccentric or out there (a wall that looks like it’s covered in tiny stamps? Why not?), but I think sometimes small spaces are perfect for a pattern like that. I hope you’ll enjoy these designs as much as I do. xo, grace


Bayer-Monsanto merger - corporate madness or a moment of possibility? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With the Wall Street Journal warning that the GMO crop boom may be over in the face of superweeds, higher seed prices, falling yields and farmer antipathy, writes Pat Thomas, the Monsanto-Bayer merger is a sign of weakness as both companies struggle to deliver growth and profits to match shareholder expectations. We had better be ready to press home our advantage!


Chicago Citibank Branch Occupied for Financing the Dakota Access Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Chicago, IL—Chicagoans occupied a Citibank Branch on Chicago’s Magnificant Mile shopping district to demand they stop funding the Dakota Access Pipeline immediately.

Over the past several weeks, thousands of Native Americans and allies have convened in Cannonball, ND to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe as they resist the construction of the pipeline. More than forty people have been arrested for engaging in civil disobedience in North Dakota and Iowa in an effort to halt the construction of the pipeline.

The Citibank branch occupiers, held banners and signs and chanted inside the branch for ten minutes interrupting business at the bank. Once the police came, they went outside the branch and handed out fliers to passersby that explained how Citibank is profiting from the Dakota Access Pipeline by bankrolling the construction costs.

The Dakota Access pipeline will cross multiple water sources, such as the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. This pipeline threatens peoples drinking water and will contribute greatly to global climate change.


Two weeks ago, Energy Transfer Partners, the company that is building the Dakota Access pipeline bulldozed sacred burial sites in order to move forward with construction of the pipeline. Land protectors tried to intervene and were sicced by dogs handled by security. Several land protectors, including one child were bitten by the dogs. Attendees demand that Citibank stop funding the Dakota Access Pipeline project as, funding the pipeline is directly resulting in the desecration of the sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Energy Transfer partners, has justified the need to take land via eminent domain for the pipeline by saying that it would help national energy security, but this network of pipelines will allow oil that has been obtained from a controversial practice, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” to be exported all over the world from the Bakken Oil patch in North Dakota. Protestors pressed Citibank to stop funding the Dakota Access pipeline because it will contribute greatly to the human misery and suffering caused by global climate change.

“It is unlikely that Citibank customers support poisoning Indigenous peoples’ water, desecrating sacred burial sites, or contributing to global climate change. Citibank banrolling the Dakota Access pipeline, means that you are funding human misery, racism and cultural genocide,” said Gloria Fallon of Rising Tide Chicago.


Los Angeles Mom Watches in Horror as Medically Kidnapped Baby Taken Away by Angry Woman (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Ibrahim family torn apart

Lori and her boys at a visit. Source: blog.

by Health Impact News/ Staff

Los Angeles mother Lori Ibrahim recognizes that there is an inherent need in children to be with their mother, and she is broken-hearted that Child Protective Services is ignoring that fact. Her children were taken away from her after she had a positive drug screen after giving birth to her youngest son in July.

Her friends are asking how this can happen, since the only drugs that she was taking were medications that were properly prescribed by doctors.

Social workers came into her hospital room at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center 2 days after she gave birth and seized her newborn, and subsequently took her other son, who has since turned 5 years old.

See original story:

Medical Kidnapping in Los Angeles: 2 Day Old Infant Seized at Hospital From Mother

Baby Bruised in Foster Care, Mother Bullied over Photos

At a recent visit, Lori noticed bruises on her infant. She posted photos of the bruises on Facebook, but she was warned that she needed to take the pictures down. On the following day, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) phoned to tell her that she was forbidden to take any further photos of her children. She was told that the consequences of taking photos would be that her visit with her sons would end. Even though the ban was lifted the following week, social workers still instructed her that she is not allowed to take “evidence photographs.”

The photos of the bruises were only up on Facebook for 30 minutes, but some of Lori’s friends took screenshots. One of her friends sent this to Health Impact News:


Unexplained bruises on Lori Ibrahim’s newborn photographed at visitation. Photo source: screenshot taken by one of Lori’s friends

Disturbing Video of Angry Foster Parent Running Off with Baby as Social Worker Looks On

Lori had a bizarre encounter with her baby’s foster mother on September 1. On that day, her visit had ended and the foster mother had arrived to take the baby to a doctor’s appointment. Lori reports that the only thing she said to the woman before the recorded events happened was:

What location are we going to?

Lori retains medical rights and was supposed to meet the foster mother and the baby at the appointment. The social worker can be heard attempting to smooth things over, but he did not stop the foster mother from getting into her car and driving off with someone else’s child while she was in a clearly agitated state.



NASA Admits It Has Known About Alien Life For Years, Just Forgot To Mention It "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

“Sorry. We just kinda assumed everyone knew about it” NASA spokeswoman Trish Chamberson told a packed press conference at their headquarters in Washington DC today, after it was revealed the space agency has known for years about alien life, but just forgot to mention it.

“There are so many films, documentaries and TV programs on aliens, that we thought everyone was aware of them by now,” Ms. Chamerson explained to the shocked crowd of reporters, “Grey’s have been visiting our planet for thousands of years. Who do you think built the ancient pyramids and all the other mega-structures across the world? C’mon guys, it’s quite obvious”.
​During the two hour briefing, NASA scientists confirmed previously speculated information about UFOs and Alien technology, confirming that four separate races of aliens are in regular contact with NASA, and have actually asked the agency to say hello to everyone on the planet for them.

“We do apologise for this mix up, the whole thing just slipped our mind,” another scientist explained, “we were so busy back-engineering their technology, we simply forgot all about it. They even have a base on the far side of the moon, and are currently mining several planets in our solar system for minerals. They’ve only started on Jupiter recently, hence the new rings around it. It’s all good though, they’re a nice enough bunch. They don’t talk much though, but always complaining about our Nuclear weapons, claiming they affect parallel universes every time they’re triggered”.

The disclosure comes after 70 years of countless sightings and abductions, raising questions as to why it is they are here.

“The aliens are actually harmless and only interested in the planet’s natural resources,” the briefing concluded, “which shouldn’t cause us any problems whatsoever”.


Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Alpha "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

Woops! I blew out the candle. I guess I must Command Fire.

New comic!
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Good News: Healthy Diet for Kids may Help Improve Reading Skills "IndyWatch Feed Health"

According to a new Finnish study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, a healthy diet in the first 3 years of school is linked to enhanced reading skills.

The study involved a collaboration between University of Eastern Finland and University of Jyväskylä. For the research, 161 Finnish children aged 6 to 8 were studied, with researchers following the participants through their journey from 1st to 3rd grade.

The children and their parents kept a food diary to analyze the nutrition they received during these years. A healthy diet was considered the Baltic Sea Diet and what the Finnish government recommends for its nutrition guidelines. This included a diet high in vegetables, fruit, berries, fish, and whole grains. Kept to a minimum on their diets were red meat, sugary products, and saturated fat. [1]

The children’s academic standards were gauged by the academic standards of their respective schools and by national standardized testing.

Read: Doing This for 30 Minutes a Day Could Add Years to Your Life

It was found that children with a healthier diet improved significantly in their reading skills from grade 1 to grades 2 and 3 than children who consumed more of the foods deemed unhealthy. However, the study showed that diet and reading skills didn’t seem to correlate in grade 1, but the healthier the diet, the more the improvement between then and the subsequent grades.

Researcher Eero Haapala, PhD, from the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Jyväskylä, stated:

“Another significant observation is that the associations of diet quality with reading skills were also independent of many confounding factors, such as socio-economic status, physical activity, body adiposity, and physical fitness.” [2]

Scientists have stated that this study further proves the need for a healthy diet in children. They hope this will further motivate schools and companies to provide their students and workers with a healthy and quality diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar and unsaturated fats.

Finland has recently led the way in furthering children’s education by recommending that children get at least 3 hours of exercise per day. Studies and new research demonstrate that children who participate in aerobic activity each day perform better in school.


[1] UPI

[2] Science Daily

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The 2016 Presidential Race and the Failed Art of Balance "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Modern journalism is reliant on the idea of objectivity. Even when truth is elusive, if journalists write a balanced story, they can be said to have done a good job.

But what if a story doesn’t have two sides? Sometimes journalists continue to write as if they do, as they did in regards to human caused climate change for a decade. Other times they do so wholly disingenuously, counterposing authoritative voices against ones they know carry no weight with their audience, as they did and still do with coverage of female genital cutting. At still other times, they abandon objectivity altogether, counting on a national consensus so strong that no one could possibly accuse them of being biased, as many did after 9/11.

I think this is the source of some of the discomfort with the media coverage of this election.

What does a journalist do when the editorial board of the Washington Post calls one candidate a “unique threat to American democracy”; the New York Times calls him a “poisonous messenger” appealing to “people’s worst instincts”; the Houston Chronicle’s calls him “dangerous to the nation and the world,” a man that should “make every American shudder”; and the far-right National Review’s calls him a “menace”? What does a journalist do when conservative newspapers like the Dallas Morning News call him “horrify[ing]” and endorse a Democrat for president for the first time in almost 100 years? Is this still the right time to be objective? Is this a 9/11 moment?

Meanwhile, readers each have our own ideas about whether this election deserves “balanced” coverage and what that might look like. And so do, of course, the thousands of pundits, none of whom are accountable to journalistic norms, and the millions of us on social media, sharing our own points of view.

It’s no wonder the election is giving us vertigo. It is itself out of balance, making it impossible for the country to agree on what objectivity looks like. Even the journalists, who are better at it than anyone, are failing. The election has revealed wh...


BNP Paribas Announces New Mini-Bond Blockchain Platform "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

French multinational financial services company BNP Paribas is building a new blockchain platform to allow private companies to issue mini-bonds — short-term debt instruments issued by private companies to investors.

Also read: BNP Paribas Launches First American Blockchain ‘Bizhackathon’ 

BNP Paribas Announces Newest Initiative

The bank’s custody arm, BNP Paribas Securities Services, is BNP Paribasleading the new initiative at its new digital lab. Its blockchain will maintain a record of all mini-bonds issued through the platform, plus all information regarding ownership changes.

Marc Younes, head of business management at BNP Paribas Securities Services’ Innovation & Digital Lab, said:

“Blockchain technology is particularly suited to the fundraising needs of private companies as transactions volumes are typically lower than for listed companies. This technology could also serve to standardiZe processes around the trade lifecycle of mini-bonds.”

Additionally, the company said blockchain technology will provide security as well as speed and efficiency for financial transactions.

Partnership with 3 Companies

For the mini-bonds project, BNP Paribas has partnered with three French renewable energy crowdfunding providers: Lendosphere, Enerfip and Lumo.

Lendosphere launched in December 2014. It is a lendospherecrowdfunding platform dedicated to energy and ecological transition including renewable energy, circular economy, green building, clean mobility, eco-technologies, and sustainable agriculture.

Enerfip launched in fall 2014. It also specializes in renewable energy projects including solar, wind, hydro, biomass enerflipand marine energy.

Created in 2012, Lumo is another crowdfunding platform dedicated to supporting renewable energy. In June, the company partnered with ElectriCChain to deliver SolarCoin to investors.

In April, BNP Paribas also partnered with investment platform SmartAngels to develop a pilot smartangelsblockchain-based crowdfunding platform, which would allow companies to issue shares. The bank aims to launch the platform in the second half of 2016,...


Muskoka Lakes maintains status quo on fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PORT CARLING – Fluoride will stay in the Muskoka Lakes Township water supply.

That was the decision of township council at its Sept. 16 meeting as it struck down a recommendation from its committee of the whole to remove fluoridation from municipal water.

Council, in a recorded vote five to three, opted to keep fluoride in the water following two public presentations from experts in favour of keeping the additive.

The issue of fluoridation has been a hot topic in the region for years. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit opines that Muskoka has a lower rate of childhood cavities than non-fluoridated communities in Ontario because of fluoridation but some skeptics considered the difference insignificant.

Dr. Charles Gardner, the medical officer of health for the health unit, asked council to maintain fluoride in the water. Otherwise, he said, past experience indicated members would experience increased avoidable dental decay for children and probably for adults whose primary water source is the municipal water system, and the increase will be greatest among children from families of low incomes.

“At this point I would like to remind you that your council has historically supported community water fluoridation as a safe and cost-effective way of reducing dental decay,” he said. “As your medial officer of health I would urge you to continue community water fluoridation in the communities.”

Dr. Eric Luks, a Muskoka Lakes resident and dentist, told council the health concerns such as cancer and Down’s Syndrome caused by fluoridation have been reviewed frequently by governing bodies in the dental industry and there is no evidence between the additive and the conditions.

“I urge you to oppose the removal of fluoride from the water supply from this community. It would be disastrous for future generations and for your grandchildren,” he said.

Those opposed to the additive in the water system claim that half of Muskoka’s residents use wells rather than municipal water and there is no data that examines the difference in tooth decay rates between the two groups.

Coun. Terry Ledger was the most vocal in her support of the committee’s recommendation made last month, saying she believed everyone had a right to choose what anyone puts in his or her bodies.

“It is an additive, it is not required,” she said occasionally glancing at Gardiner who was still at the podium. “It is cheap and easy to put it in your water yourself if you want … I just don’t think (fluoridation) is fair and necessary. At the end of day, if fluoride in the water affects one person adversely, just one, or if one person has to deal with it, just one, it fails.”

Others, like Coun. Phil Harding, said he would rely on the professionals’ opinion in deciding how he would vote.

“I am going to look to the experts to our medial officer of health … I am going to look to those who in the know, in the community who deal with teeth every day, like Dr. Luks,” he said. “My vote will be to remain with fluoridated water.”

Mayor Don Furniss and councillors Allen Edwards, Gault McTaggart Jean-Ann Baranik and Harding voted against the committee’s recommendation, which would have removed fluoride. Councillors Ruth-Ellen Nishikawa, Donelda Kruckel and Ledger voted in favour of adopting the committee’s recommendation.


Paris from Camus’s Notebooks "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Albert Camus.

Albert Camus.

The myth is tenacious: an unknown writer on the verge of international fame, not suspecting that the scattered pages on his or her desk will become that miracle, a first published novel and a passport to glory. From March to May 1940 Albert Camus was that man, finishing a draft of the book he was calling The Stranger. The city, eerily calm, overtaken with a sense of dread, was weeks from the German invasion. Paris has changed enormously since 1940, but you can still walk in Camus’s footsteps through places that a few literary specialists have put on the map, and come close to a moment of artistic creation.

Camus finished a first draft of his novel alone in a hotel room in Montmartre. The former Hôtel du Poirier on the rue Ravignan sits atop one of Paris’s “buttes” or hills, whose cleaner air might have benefitted the young writer, who struggled with chronic tuberculosis. The site is still about as picturesque a place as Paris has to offer: up a terraced set of steps, on one side of a cobblestone square with its own fountain, the little hotel stood directly across from the Bateau-Lavoir, a beehive of artist studios, spread out like a ship. On this vessel of high modernism, Picasso painted the Demoiselles d’Avignon in 1907. The glory days of the Bateau Lavoir ended after World War I, but in March 1940, when Camus lived in its shadow, the place still exuded its bohemian aura. Crowned by the mammoth Sacré-Cœur cathedral, Montmartre was an acquired taste, with its own diehard citizens—pimps and scoundrels, anarchists and poets. Far from the business districts, Montmartre was still, in 1940, practically a separate village, a neighborhood where an artist or writer could get by on almost nothing. 

Camus was unhappy in Montmartre, but it was a productive unhappiness. For the exhausted young man far from home, the long metro ride from his job at the daily paper Paris-Soir on the rue du Louvre in the center of Paris to the Abbesses stop in the north, the cramped elevator rising from the bowels of the metro line to the surface, the walk up the windy hill in slippery March weather, only brought home how alienated he felt. In his first notebook entries he circles around a title for his novel:

What does this sudden awakening mean, in this dark room, with the sounds of a city that has suddenly become strange? And everything is strange to me, everything, without a single person who belongs to me, with no place to heal this wound. What am I doing here, what is the point of these smiles and gestures? I am not from here—not from anywhere else either. And the world has become merely an unknown landscape where my heart can lean on nothing.

Then Camus adds a crucial sentence: “A Stranger, who can know what this word means.”

In French, as in English, a stranger, un étranger, can mean a foreign national, an alienated outsider, or an unfamiliar traveler. In the next entry in his notebooks, he described the reaction to despair that always seemed to enable his best writing, and he began with that powerful, multivalent word: “Strange, admit that everything is strange to me. Now that everything is clear-cut, wait and spare nothing. Work in such a way as to achieve both silence and creation. All the rest, all the rest, no matter what happens, is unimportant.”

He was in that particular frame of mind that seems to enable so many writers, struck with a solitary despair in a new city: “Why is it that knowing how to remain alone in Paris for a year in a miserable room teaches a man m....


Another Port Proposal For San Francisco Bay Sparks Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Docs Show Vallejo City Council Members met in Secret to Craft Port, Cement Plant Plan


Brazil’s new government to sacrifice the Amazon for 'growth' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It's not that Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's ousted President, was wonderful for the environment, writes Ed Atkins. It's that Michel Temer's new regime is certain to be far worse. Plans are afoot to weaken environmental assessments for large projects like mines, roads and dams. And the new Minister of Agriculture is a notorious campaigner for hugely increased deforestation.


Things I Have Learned in 14 Years of Being A Doula by Kimberly Sebeck "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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Kimberly Sebeck is a birth and postpartum doula (as well as ICAN Chapter Leader) who pins the blog Knoxville Doula. One of her recent posts celebrates her 14th anniversary as a doula, and parts a great deal of doula wisdom. Anyone who is currently doing birth work or considering it, Ms. Sebeck’s list below will be most helpful. You can read the entire post here.

1. It’s easy to burn out. Birth work is more difficult than many aspiring and new doulas realize. It’s one thing to desire with all your heart to help a family but when it impacts your child’s birthday or you’re at your third birth in three days or you’re at that marathon 40 hour one — it’s hard. Have a good support team. Please have a backup. We have super powers as doulas, yes, but we should not have to sacrifice our own bodies and families to a harmful extent in order to support women. If you plan to stay in this rewarding career set it up so that you can.

2. It’s okay to not know everything. There is no way to know everything. I have been constantly learning since I began this journey. It’s okay to ask your mentor doula for help or to say to a client that you need to do some research and get back to her. Strive to always provide evidence based medicine and when there is none, encourage parents to do research and make the decision. Learning is part of the journey for parents, too. Pregnancy is the perfect time for them to assume responsibility for research, education, and decision making for their own family.

3. Nothing is black and white. This may be the wisdom I am most grateful for. When many doulas embark on their journey we have had a bad experience ourselves or we have read how dreadful the U.S. is or we saw an advocacy page on social media (I didn’t because I am a dinosaur who began well before social media) and we are angry and appalled. We must protect women! Change the world! Put ourselves between families and (choose one) hospitals, ob/gyns, midwives, epidurals, pitocin, monitoring, cesareans etc. This is where I am most grateful for my experience with ICAN  as Chapter Leader for Knoxville (International Cesarean Awareness Network) as well as the ability to work with many providers (doctors, midwives, nurses) who deserve our trust. The fact is each woman’s labor and case should be seen as individual. We stress this in birth work and we try to demand it of our providers. This means we ourselves must subscribe to the belief that in certain cases a woman and baby will not only benefit from but truly require an epidural, monitoring, cesareans — the whole list of what is often seen as bad in natural birth circles. We cannot view any one component of modern obstetrical care as anything but a tool that can be used when appropriate. Yes, many things are dangerously overused and this is not a debate. It is obvious that maternity care and birth needs improvement but we cannot blatantly decry any and all interventions. The best advice is to know your options and be able to trust your providers, which mean doing your research as a birth worker and as an expectant mother.

4. Mistakes help you learn. It is difficult to make mistakes for most humans and in a career where you are the one hired for knowledge and support it is even harder to know we made a mistake. As long as you...



September 22, 2016: The Spiritual Significance of the Equinox "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Image Artwork by Belinda Paton

The Equinox falls on September 22nd, when the hours of light and dark are the same. This time represents a shift in the seasons, and a time where the energy of the Sun and Moon are in complete balance.

In the Northern Hemisphere we are getting ready to shift into the season of Autumn and in the Southern Hemisphere, we are getting ready to shift into the season of Spring.

We are all connected to this earth and to each other, so when significant changes in nature occur, we often feel them resonating within our own soul.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the trees are getting ready to shed their leaves and let go of all the old in order to prepare for winter.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the flowers are beginning to bloom and greenery is returning after the winter.

These changes will be reflected in our own vibration and we may find that our energies begin syncing up with that of Mother Earth.

2016 has definitely been a year of endings and this theme is going to continue throughout September. In fact, the energy of the Equinox is going to help us all to shed the things that we no longer need and embrace the new.

In the Northern Hemisphere, shedding is going to become an important theme and we are going to be guided to really release and let go of all the fears and worries that have kept us stuck in destructive patterns.

We are also going to be guided to release and let go of attachments and the way we want life to be, and instead embrace the way life is unfolding for us.

In the Southern Hemisphere, creativity and the energy of “birth” is going to be high. New ideas will be bubbling forward and perhaps there will be a lot of inspirational energy that will help push us forward with creative ideas, dreams and wishes.

The energy of nature is always healing and can represent clues as to where we should be heading.

The Universe always speaks to us through nature, so it is important to observe how you feel and how the energy of the Equinox is guiding you. Every soul is different, and every soul has a different journey, so pay attention to what feels right to you.

Many years ago, the Equinox was considered to be a highly sacred and potent time of change, but now most of us tend to disregard the amazing transformation and change of our external environment.

This Equinox comes as a reminder that we all change and that transformation is natural and a normal part of life.

If the trees resisted the shedding process, they would not be prepared for what is to come. If the flower resisted to bloom, they would never know the fullness of their own beauty.

Just the same, we have to trust that whatever we release and whatever we feel called to bloom, will only be preparing us for what is ahead.

The Equinox also comes at the same time that the Sun will shift into the energy of Libra. Libra represents a highly creative time where beauty, joy and aesthetics are highlighted. Libra is also all about partnerships and being able to balance energies.

No matter where you live, learning how to balance your energy is going to be important around the Equinox time. As the ancient poet Rumi says- “life is a balance between holding on and letting go”, and this is perfectly fitting for the energy of this Equinox.

If you want to really embrace the Equinox energy, here are some Equinox Rituals.

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California, September 27: Court Support for Nicole Kissane in AETA Trial "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Earth First! Newswire

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Nicole Kissane was arrested with Joseph Buddenberg in July of 2015 and federally indicted for Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for allegedly conspiring to release thousands of animals from fur farms and to destroy fur farm breeding records in six states. The indictment also alleges that she caused economic damage to various retail and distribution businesses and individuals associated with the fur industry.

On Tuesday, September 27, at 10:00 AM, Nicole will have pre-trial motions in San Diego, California. People are encouraged to show up to show their support for Nicole in court so that she knows she is not alone!

U.S. District Court of Southern California
333 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Courtroom of Judge Larry Burns
14A (14th floor), Room #420

See the Facebook event.

See Nicole’s support page and Nicole and Joseph’s support page.

Visitors will have to pass through a metal detector to enter the courthouse and may be required to show photo ID.


ARTE erfüllt Bildungsauftrag mit nur einem Tweet "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Bildungsauftrag erfüllt. Der deutsch-französische Fernsehsender ARTE hat gerade mit nur einem Tweet bewiesen, dass die öffentlichen Gelder für die Finanzierung gerechtfertigt sind. ARTE 1:0 RTL. *dass 😏 — ARTE (@ARTEde) 18. September 2016   Gesehen bei schlecky

Der Beitrag ARTE erfüllt Bildungsauftrag mit nur einem Tweet erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Design*Sponge Book Tour: Austin, TX! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"


I’m so excited to announce the details of our In the Company of Women book tour stop in Austin, Texas! On Friday, October 7th, I’ll be moderating an amazing panel with an incredible group of local women as part of the Texas Book Festival!

I’ll be joined on stage by Nikisha Brunson of Urban Bush Babes and Folie ApothecaryNorma Jeanne Maloney of Red Rider Studios, Ashley and Christina Cheng of SPUN Ice CreamNatalie Davis of Canoe and Kirsten Dickerson of Raven + LilyWe’ll be talking about life, work and and everything in between. They’ll be sharing so much wisdom and inspiration, you won’t want to miss this talk!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! (Thank you Book People and Texas Monthly for your support with this event)


Monday, 19 September


Devout Straight Edger Celebrates 145th Birthday Poison-Free, Alone "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

POCONOS MOUNTAINS, Penn. – Former Philadelphia resident and a lifelong follower of the straight edge lifestyle Craig Holden celebrated his 145th birthday this week in a remote wooded cabin, completely drug free and totally alone.

Scientists believe that Holden’s dedication to the counter culture lifestyle is the reason behind his incredibly long life. Holden’s doctor Dr. Rodney Steiner has been studying the aging straight edger more than 40 years.

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Get Rid Of Kidney Infection With These Natural Home Remedies "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Family Health Freedom Network

According to NHS Choices, kidney infection happens when bacteria infects your kidneys. The bacteria are usually a type called E. coli, which live in your bowel.

Children and women are at a greater risk of developing kidney infection. There are some symptoms that indicate you have the infection and they are: nausea, diarrhea, back pain, uncontrollable shivering and high temperature of 38 ºC (100.4ºF) or above.

If not treated in time, kidney infection can lead to serious complications and permanently damage your kidneys.



Medical herbalists use parsley which is a proven diuretic to treat kidney and bladder problems. Parsley can assist in flushing toxins out of your system due to its diuretic effects. It is also ant-viral which helps cure infection too.
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10 “Backwoods” Folk Remedies That Have Survived The Test Of Time "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Janice Taylor
Natural Living Ideas

In the world of home remedies, there are dozens of natural cures for just about everything that ails you. However, many of these deceptively ordinary remedies have been around for hundreds (if not thousands) of years and for good reason! Here are 10 of the oldest time-tested home remedies for common health concerns with scientific backing for exactly why and how they work.

1. Eat Chicken Soup To Cure The Common Cold

While homemade is certain better for your health, even commercial canned chicken soup can go a long way toward helping you fight off the common cold. Fats and proteins naturally present in chicken broth nourish your body, providing much needed calories to counter the loss of appetite that frequently afflicts us when we’re sick. The broth is also intensely hydrating, which thins out mucus to relieve congestion, helps the body to regulate temperature and facilitates the removal of toxins which would otherwise impede the healing process if left to circulate through the bloodstream.

2. Use A Damp Tea Bag To ‘Pull Out’ A Bee Sting

The tannins in tea leaves are a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy which can help to reduce swelling around a bee sting, thus making the stinger easier to remove. Simply apply a damp black tea bag over the bee sting and leave it there until the swelling goes down. Once it does, the stinger will slide out easily.
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The Human Story Behind Governor McAuliffe’s Energy Policies "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Often the stories and faces of real people get lost in the debate over Virginia energy policy. The letter below was sent to Governor McAuliffe by eight Virginians who all have one thing in common: They have been harmed or will soon be harmed by the Governor’s actions (or lack thereof) on fracked-gas pipelines, improper coal ash disposal, and flooding driven by climate change.

These eight Virginians are asking to meet directly with Governor McAuliffe so they can share firsthand how his policies are affecting them. They also make the case in their letter for how McAuliffe can, using his explicit current authority as Governor, make energy policy changes that will directly protect them.

Read on to go beyond the statistics and get to the human story behind Virginians’ growing resistance to the Governor’s and Dominion’s energy policies. Click here to view and download a PDF version.


Dear Governor McAuliffe,

We are Virginians of multiple races, ages and backgrounds representing every region of the Commonwealth. We are writing you today to share our belief that clean energy – with your support – can soon fully power our lives and our economy without poisoning our air or our water or sacrificing entire regions of our state.

But currently, Governor, your energy policies are sacrificing whole communities. Your support of the dirty-energy projects of Dominion Power and other polluting companies is harming us – the signers of this letter – in clear and concrete ways. We just wanted to write you directly to put real human faces behind the growing public concerns over your policies.

In April, several leading organizations issued a report card grade of D+ to your administration on the issues of climate change and energy. In June, more than 60 groups from across the state issued an open letter to you asking you to put the welfare of Virginia’s people ahead of the interests of polluters. In July, 600 of us visited your home to reiterate our concerns as part of the July 23 “March on the Mansion.”

But Governor you have not responded to any of these concerns. You have not announced any change in your energy policies. So we call on you once again to reverse course immediately on supporting fracked-gas pipelines and the improper burial of coal ash waste in our communities. We want to ask you instead to begin fully embracing a just energy policy for all Virginians that reduces total climate pollution while investing in clean-energy jobs and real investments to protect our people and the military from accelerating sea-level rise and other impacts of global warming.

Who are we? We are a northern Virginia resident whose drinking water has already been contaminated next to a Dominion Power coal ash storage site. We are a Buckingham County minister whose congregations reside in the harm radius of a proposed 57,000 horsepower compressor station for a fracked-gas pipeline you support. We are a Nelson County landowner whose heritage includes indigenous American descent and whose hay fields and cattle could be negatively affected by direct erosion from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for fracked gas. And we are a Korean War veteran and landowner whose very property will be seized and whose fields and forests will be disrupted by a second massive fracked-gas pipeline – the Mountain Valley Pipeline – that you support.

We are a student whose entire future depends on rapid cuts...


Handy des britischen Liberalen Chef Tim Farron klingelt mit „Fuck tha Police“ "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Auch eine Art des kreativen Protestes. Laut englischen Medienberichten hat das Handy des englischen Parteichefs der Liberalen Tim Farron in einer Sitzung mit dem Song „Fuck Tha Police“ von N.W.A. geklingelt. Das nennen wir mal britischen Humor. Farron sagte gegenüber der Presse, dass seine Kinder den Klingelton auf seinem Handy eingestellt hätten. Sollte dem so ein, beweisen die Kinder von Farron bereits jetzt verdammt viel politischen Humor. Titelbild: Gigi Ibrahim (flickr) (CC BY 2.0) Gesehen bei Spon

Der Beitrag Handy des britischen Liberalen Chef Tim Farron klingelt mit „Fuck tha Police“ erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Kicked to the curb for refusing to vaccinate… "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tales from The Rabbit Hole… by Alan Hysinger Is this Part 1 in “Tales from The Rabbit Hole”?  I’m not sure, I think past posts qualify for that designation. This is kind of a meta post, where I’ve observed a connection between a couple of recent blog posts, by Levi Quackenboss and JB Handley. So … Continue reading Kicked to the curb for refusing to vaccinate…

The post Kicked to the curb for refusing to vaccinate… appeared first on BolenReport.


Hyplerledger Director Draws Dividing Line With ‘Umbrella’ Statement "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The new director of blockchain consortium Hyperleder lays out plans going forward and makes clear that competitors will be expected to cooperate.

from CoinDesk


Former Enemy Tribe Unifies in Peace With Standing Rock "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Source - Organlight Health

by Lance Schuttler, September 18th 2016

“This is something unbelievable. This display of unity and the power of coming together is unbelievable. No words can properly describe the feeling. For example just this morning our traditional enemies the Crow came to the camp here to stand in solidarity with us. And we welcomed them with Open Hearts. That was a power that brought tears to many people’s eyes. The Oceti Sakowin stand strong and committed to stopping this pipeline.” – Dave Archambault Jr., Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.
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US National Debt Now Worth Bitcoin Thousands Of Times Over "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

America’s national debt has spiraled out of control, now worth several thousand times Bitcoin’s total value as the country may be heading for another recession.


from CoinTelegraph.Com News


Is this awesome or terrible? The Smithsfits "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

It’s rare that I’m so flummoxed in determining whether I love or hate a thing, but here it is: The Smithsfits.

I also rarely go in for “mash-ups” unless they are particularly well done or so transgressively stupid that they cause...


Hyperledger Director Draws Dividing Line With 'Umbrella' Statement "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The new director of blockchain consortium Hyperleder lays out plans going forward and makes clear that competitors will be expected to cooperate.



"IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Unnecessary bleeps and blurs turns Disney’s latest family film into an absolute barrage of filth and innuendo.


Bohemian Inspiration on Instagram "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

disfunkshionmag                           ajrakcraft

Although I set the end of the Bohemian Summer Series to the actual, calendar end of the summer, somehow I don't feel inclined to stop there, so most probably it will stretch all throughout the year.

As I love starting Mondays with inspiration boosts, here's a selection of fabulous bohemian related Instagram accounts. Enjoy!

                emonkibiza                              inali_campbell

                      artphangan                                       rossioroos


GIANT ‘60s and ‘70s vintage-style children’s Halloween masks "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

I’m totally digging these retro Halloween masks developed by artist Doug P’gosh for Retro-a-go-go! They’re just fantastic. From what I understand the masks are more for wall art or home décor because they’re HUGE! Like 2 feet tall!



This Odorless Gas Is The Second Leading Cause Of Lung Cancer! How To Check If Your Home Is Full Of It "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Healthy Holistic Living

Every year 10 million people are diagnosed with cancer (1), but according to a University of Texas study “90 – 95 percent [of cancer cases] have their roots in the environment and lifestyle” with only 5 – 10 percent being down to genetics (1). Essentially, we have a lot of power when it comes to preventing developing cancer, by limiting our exposure to cancer-causing agents.

However, you could be living a healthy lifestyle – with a balanced diet and regular exercise – but still be exposed to dangerous agents in your own home.

Radon Gas

One such cancer-causing agent is radon, which is found in almost every home, but in varying levels (3). Radon is a radioactive gas produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It can then enter homes in a variety of ways such as through cracks in foundations, gaps around service pipes, floor drains, or through dirt floors, to name a few (4).
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Someone is very specific about not having their food stolen "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Somebody who likes counting rice doesn’t want their food stolen – clearly the best thing to do in this situation is to add one shrimp and three grains of rice.

The post Someone is very specific about not having their food stolen appeared first on The Poke.


How to Design a Microcontroller Circuit "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

HeroImageThis article will focus primarily on the circuit design considerations of incorporating an ARM Cortex-M microcontroller.

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The Sculptor Who Merged Cherokee and Art Deco Styles "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Willard Stone Tree Dog Torch burned cherry wood 13 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 1/8 in.

Willard Stone, “Tree Dog” (nd), torch-burned cherry wood, 13 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches (courtesy Gilcrease Museum)

TULSA, Okla. — Willard Stone’s wood-carving style might be described as Art Deco Cherokee, with a distinct, streamlined movement and natural themes that reflect his indigenous heritage. He’d originally wanted to be a painter, but a childhood accident with a blasting cap blew off his thumb and two other fingers. So he slowly learned sculpture instead, forming figures from Oklahoma’s red clay. His 1940s work in particular responded to the threat and promise of atomic energy, while still including the Native American motifs expected by his patrons. To mark the centennial of his birth in Oktaha, Oklahoma, the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa is exhibiting Following the Grain: A Centennial Celebration of Willard Stone.

Willard Stone,

Willard Stone, “Modernistic Indian Girl” (1946), oak wood, 9 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (courtesy Gilcrease Museum) (click to enlarge)

Stone achieved a measure of national fame in his lifetime — his art was used in the logo of the Cherokee Nation — and his work remains popular in Western museums. However, he never quite got a major commission or exhibition to launch him to greater name recognition. Even in 2012, his bronzes were being sold at a discount to support his widow’s Alzheimer’s care.

Oilman Thomas Gilcrease, the founder of the museum, was Stone’s most significant patron, offering him a three-year residency in 1945. In Gilcrease’s words, Stone was to show the “Indian’s point of view of the 20th century.” During that residency, he had the freedom to create art full time, though the work would all become part of Gilcrease’s collection. It was a museum-building approach that the businessman took with several artists, including Stone’s 1930s mentors at...


Blockchain Startup Synereo Destroys Native Cryptocurrency Worth $145 Million "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Synereo, the startup behind its namesake decentralized blockchain-based social network has burnt half its holdings of pre-mined AMPs, its native token cryptocurrency. Half of all existing AMPs have been destroyed by Tel-Aviv based blockchain startup Synereo in a move to relinquish its control of over half of the blockchain’s native currency. An aggregated amount of […]

The post Blockchain Startup Synereo Destroys Native Cryptocurrency Worth $145 Million appeared first on CCN: Financial Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News.


Cum Face: Portraits of Women Reaching Orgasm "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Photographer Albert Pocej set himself an unusual challenge. He wanted “to capture the moment of women reaching the highest point of physical pleasure.”

How did he come (ahem) up with this idea? In his wildest dreams, of course.

I simply woke up and I knew...


This Photo is the Perfect Metaphor for How the Resistance Will be Won "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Dylan Charles
Waking Times

A photo taken in Santiago, Chile freezes an intense moment between a riot policeman and a protester, capturing the compelling power dynamics at play right in the world at large and revealing how these dynamics will ultimately be defeated.

Worldwide resistance to the destructive paradigm of state/corporate dominion over all life on planet earth is taking many forms, simultaneously happening on many battlefields both macro and micro, both outside and inside of the self.

Many of us understand how power can be and is derived from violence, and how thoroughly the present paradigm has seized upon this script to relentlessly control us. But do we understand the nature of our own power? Do we understand how violence can be overcome without brute force?
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Leaked! First image of the Fuji GFX medium format camera! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fujirumors leaked the first image! And if you plan to buy the camera join the Fujifilm GFX facebook group now. rnss Thumbs up34 Love15 Joy4 Surprised4 Sad7 Angry9 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Whatsapp

The post Leaked! First image of the Fuji GFX medium format camera! appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


A New Slant to Bitcoin Betting Promotion "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Sports just got more exciting for a new reason – you can win money! Betting adds to the conviction of the purpose sports lovers have, when they view a game. A New Tune in the Sports Arena For sponsors of sporting action, bitcoin betting promotion is natural. For the layman, both the events seem to … Continue reading A New Slant to Bitcoin Betting Promotion

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Very dangerous Typhoon "Malakas" to hit Kyushu, bring flooding rain to mainland Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After passing just north of Taiwan, bringing widespread disruption and forcing thousands to evacuate, Typhoon "Malakas" is now approaching Kyushu, Japan as a Category 3 hurricane equivalent. Malakas is expected to make its first landfall over Kagoshima...... Read more »

Rare hailstorm hits Samoa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Friday, September 16, 2016, the tropical nation of Samoa, Pacific Ocean experienced their second hailstorm since records began. The first one was in 2011. An unexpected hailstorm, accompanied by heavy rain and strong wind, hit the east side of Samoa on Friday...... Read more »

Obama creates Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last Thursday, U.S. President Barrack Obama announced the creation of the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The announcement was made at the ongoing Our Ocean Conference at Washington, D.C. hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, situated 130 miles off the coast of New England in northeastern U.S., is slated to protect 4,913 square miles of the ocean, comprising of underwater canyons and mountains that are home to numerous rare and endangered marine species like the Kemp’s ridley turtles, sperm, fin and sei whales and vibrant deep-sea corals, the White House said in a statement. The protected area will be jointly managed by the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior. “I’m proud of what America has done, that we are doing our share,” President Obama said at the conference. “But it’s no secret that we’re all going to have to do a lot more, and we’re going to have to do it fast.”   The designated marine monument lies in a region that is projected to warm nearly three times faster than the global average, according to a study by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Research has also found that warming oceans are threatening several fish species in the region including salmon, lobster, and scallops. While recreational fishermen will be allowed within the boundaries of the monument, the red crab and lobster fisheries will be permitted seven years to exit the monument area…


Light Beams May Replace Electricity in Heart Beat Disorders "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A team of scientists at the University of Johns Hopkins and Germany’s University of Bonn have found that beams of light can help replace electric shocks for patients who suffer from potentially fatal heart rhythm disorders. [1]

Currently, those who suffer from heart rhythm disorders wear devices that deliver electric shocks to the heart to coax it to begin beating normally again. These devices can also help restart a heart if it begins to fail, saving the patient from certain and sudden death. This can be incredibly painful for patients, and can even damage heart tissue.

If scientists can succeed in using light beams, helping a person’s heart get back to its normal rhythm will be totally painless and won’t do any further damage to the already ailing heart.

The researchers have been using optogenetics, which embeds light sensitive proteins into tissue. For this research, the scientists at the University of Bonn used the technology on genetically altered mice whose hearts had been engineered to express proteins that react to light. It was found that a one second pulse of light could actually restart a mouse’s heart and restore the rhythm to normalcy.

Tobias Bruegmann, one of the lead researchers and authors of the study at the University of Bonn, stated:

“This is a very important result. It shows for the first time experimentally that light can be used for defibrillation of cardiac arrhythmia.”

Read: New Blood Test Can Predict a Heart Attack Within 5 Years

While testing on animals gives scientists a very vague idea if the experiments performed can work on humans, it doesn’t always give a full picture. In order to verify that it could work on a human, a team at Johns Hopkins University worked to create a computer model of a human heart to test whether the light therapy would work on a human being. The computer model was created based on the MRI scans of a patient who had recently experienced a heart attack and was at risk for developing an arrhythmia. [2]

The team at Johns Hopkins found that the light pulses could help the human heart model, with red lights being more effective in humans and blue lights being more effective in mice. Blue lights have a much smaller wavelength, and are unable to penetrate the human heart.

The researchers indicated that it would take 5 to 10 years before it would be available to the public and it is still in the basic research phase.


[1] UPI

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I Would Like to Be Paid to Write, and Other News "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

This could be you, writer!

  • Ottessa Moshfegh wrote her novel Eileen with a plan: to get fucking rich. As a fiction writer, she thought, there’s only one way to do that—give the people the formulaic drivel that they want. In a profile for the Guardian, Moshfegh explains that “she didn’t want to ‘keep her head down’ and ‘wait thirty years to be discovered … so I thought I’m going to do something bold. Because there are all these morons making millions of dollars, so why not me? I’m smart and talented and motivated and disciplined and … talented: did I say that already?,’ she laughs. ‘I said: fuck it. Which was also: fuck them. I was pretty hostile. I thought: I’ll show you how easy this is … So … it started out as a fuck-you joke, also I’m broke, also I want to be famous. It was that kind of a gesture.’ ”
  • But let’s not get carried away. Writing doesn’t really make anyone rich. Ask Merritt Tierce, whose debut, Love Me Back, came out two years ago to “wide acclaim”—she was interviewed here on the Daily, even. Now she’s broke, because that’s how this industry works: “I haven’t been able to write since the moment I started thinking I could or should be making money as a writer. I haven’t produced a Second Book … For over a year after Love Me Back came out I woke up every day with this loop in my head: I should write. But I need money. If I write something I can sell it and I'll have money. But I need money now. If I had money now, I could calm down and write something. I don’t have money now, so I’m probably not going to be able to calm down and write something. To have money now, I need a job. I should get a job … Because no matter how you do it, no one is paying you to write. They may pay you for something you wrote, or promise to pay you for something you have promised to write. They may pay your room and board for a month or two at a residency. They may pay you to teach, or to edit something someone else has written. They may pay you to come to a university and talk to people about writing. None of this is the same as being paid to write. I would like to be paid to write.” 


Our Reality Is A Hologram Controlled By An Evil Genius, Scientist Says "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

via MessageToEagle It is not the first time scientists suggest our world is part of a holographic projection. The holographic universe theory states our reality is nothing but an illusion. In our daily life we are not aware that we may, in fact, live in a hologram and our existence is a holographic projection, nothing […]


Yet more unrealistic body standards for women "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

We’ve highlighted how the fashion industry forces unrealistic beauty standards on both women and men before, but this latest example is just absolutely ridiculous.

The post Yet more unrealistic body standards for women appeared first on The Poke.


Ominous Storms Photographed in Black and White by Mitch Dobrowner "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Regan, North Dakota, 2011

Photographer Mitch Dobrowner travels the U.S. and sets up his camera in front of apocalyptic storms that rise above rural fields in Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Dakota. Inspired by photographers like Minor White and Ansel Adams, he captures breathtaking landscapes that remind us of nature’s raw power by juxtaposing the endless flat plains of the southern and midwest states with dramatic weather formations. Lightning strikes and tornadoes feature heavily in Dobrowner’s black and white images that at times look like moments right out of the first few minutes of the Wizard of Oz.

Dobrowner has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and internationally since 2005 and is represented by Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe and Kopeikin Gallery in LA. You can see much more of his work on Facebook. (thnx, Laura!)

Peckham, Oklahoma

Peckham, Oklahoma

Peckham, Oklahoma

Peckham, Oklahoma



Columbia River Knife and Tool: Reviewing the Kommer Free Range folding knives "IndyWatch Feed Survival"


by Product Review Editor – Jesse Mathewson

From the many manuals I have collected over the years, a truly solid hunting knife/ skinning knife is many things. Here are a few quotes from some of my favorites.

“Use a knife with at blade at least four inches long, a guard, and a large handle. A small knife can turn sideways in your hand when it hits bone. A butcher’s skinning knife is ideal.”

“A sharp knife will actually reduce bad cuts and will make the entire procedure easier. Take your time when dressing a buck, mistakes due to haste will often require you to make a trip to the...

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Retired Priest: Hell Was Invented By The Church To Control People With Fear! "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

via InspireActAchieve, Retired priest has a shocking message the entire world needs to hear! This video is of an interview retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong did with Keith Morrison of Dateline NBC back in August of 2006. A partial transcript of the interview can be found beneath the video link: Spong: I don’t think […]


BREAKING: US Coalition Strikes Syrian Army Killing Dozens — Russia Accuses US of “Defending ISIS” "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Source - The Free Thought Project

by Baran Hines, September 18th 2016

Syria — United States officials have admitted in a statement issued by Central Command that coalition airstrikes resulted in the bombing of Syrian government forces who were fighting Islamic State terrorists in eastern Syria near the city of Deir ez-Zor.
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Gasoline Pipeline Shutdown To 50 Million People On East Coast "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

The Colonial Pipeline runs from Texas to New York and supplies gasoline to an estimated 50 million people a day on the East Coast. On September 9, a 36-inch pipeline was shut down near Birmingham, Alabama where a major ‘leak’ was discovered. The shutdown of Colonial Pipeline service to ‘Line 1’ which normally transports 1.3 […]


Upcoming Monero Hard Fork Lays Foundation For Complete Anonymity "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Over the past few weeks, there has been a significant interest in Monero. Not only did the alternative currency gain significant value in recent weeks, but it also got accepted on various darknet markets. The developers have announced a hard fork, which will bring several changes to the ecosystem. The Monero hard fork will go … Continue reading Upcoming Monero Hard Fork Lays Foundation For Complete Anonymity

The post Upcoming Monero Hard Fork Lays Foundation For Complete Anonymity appeared first on NEWSBTC.


EU Demands Youtube to Pay More to Artists, Blockchain Can Do Better "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The EU might push a law to ensure artists receive fair shares of profits from media publishers.


from CoinTelegraph.Com News


How we can Rewrite our Stories after Loving a Narcissist. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

The unique thing about our connection is that, until recently, we didn’t know we shared the same man at the same time.


Ethereum’s Creator Proves Blockchain Scaling is No Joke at Devcon Keynote "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin gave a lengthy speech at Devcon2 this week focused on efforts to scale the protocol.

from CoinDesk


Build Props and Costume Armor with Paper, Pepakura, and Bondo "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

FIGURE 2-36: Making the paper shinyYou don't need fancy digital fabrication tools to make high quality props, you just need some paper, a pepakura program, and some Bondo and resin.

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